|Winter Snow (All Photos courtesy of Kathy Foskey)|
TODAY THE WORDS are CLEAN THOUGHTS. Classmates of mine shared some beautiful photos of the recent snow in North Carolina. While looking at the wonderland photos of the snow glistening off tree branches and blanketing their yards and patios, I thought of how the stark white and cleanliness of the fresh fallen snow in stark contrast to how barren land looks in the winter. This brought a topic for this morning… CLEAN THOUGHTS.
As we look at the photos which are mystifying in themselves without further thought; they also give us a sense of purity. I was reminded of the verse “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 Previous in verse 17, it speaks to: 17Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. 18“Come now, and let us reason together…..”
This verse speaks of sins of scarlet and I thought of how the brilliant color scarlet would be an obvious splash against the white snow and it caused me to think how we, as sinners, have to watch our thoughts even though we have been saved by grace. If we allow thoughts which are not pure as the snow and we stain our soul, we are backsliding even though we may not act on those thoughts; they can be deadly to our salvation and wonderful life God has provided. As I looked at the scripture and it teaches us to Learn to do good; Seek justice; Reprove the ruthless; Defend the orphan; and Plead for the widow.
God then instructed us to come now and let us reason together.
Now for the deeper thought……A clean thought is reasonable and considerate. Even though a thought might cause us to see things clearly similar to see the land non-obstructive in a fresh snow; we have to watch ourselves from distorting the truth. As we consider any issue, any emotion, any reaction to loss or sickness; may our hearts be covered in a blanket of white snow with clean, pure thoughts. If we think with clarity and pureness; God will accept our thoughts and act on them according to His Plan. We find ourselves accepting and nurturing His Plan if we don’t drip crimson on the snow.
Note from the author, Arline Miller: This blog was inspired by the beautiful photos from Kathy and Dewayne Foskey, who are dear friends of mine from school. I thank them for allowing me to share their photos and their friendship with all of you. Friends come and go during our lifetime but good friends bring a smile when you think of them.
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