The first day of December dawned bright and clear.
Everything was brown. Dry, dead, and brown.
It wasn't at all typical, either. Colorado in December usually means knee-deep snow everywhere. Cold, crisp, and white.
This winter has been slow in coming. Unusual. Strangely so. And for a tourist area that depends on snow, it wasn't good. You could feel the tension in the air.
But finally, weeks after the snow typically arrives in full force, we had our first snowstorm of the season.
It's amazing how incredibly different everything looks after a good six inches of snow.
The houses in the neighborhood look different, the entire landscape changes, and even the light takes on a new quality.
For about a week. And then it just gets... ordinary.
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. -Isaiah 1:18
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. -Psalm 51:7
I don't know about you, but if I'm not reminded, if I'm not refreshed, if things aren't changing, I forget.
I forget to be thankful, and I forget to notice the beauty and the wonder.
My faith can be like that, too.
I go through the motions, living life at the status quo, not even recognizing the incredible gift around me. I forget who I really am in Christ when I'm in the middle of the mundane daily stuff of life.
It's easier to react the way I always have instead of living in light of my identity in Christ.
It's easier to live like I'm still bound in sin instead of being free in Jesus.
It's easier to act like I have no power, no hope, no wealth rather than to claim my inheritance in Him.
Because I forget.
As I look over the white that surrounds my office space (and it's snowing again!), I am reminded of the state of my heart.
White as snow.
What once was dead and brown and lifeless is now alive in Christ. What an amazing change.
Father, let me not forget.
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