Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
As I look out of my window, snow has covered the ground this wintery morning here in Wisconsin. There is a beauty that is calming; even peaceful. Of course, sitting on the other side of a window; warm and safe from the elements allows such comfort. I might wish to change it to warmth, greenery and sunshine, but truly, I cannot change what God has brought to me this very morning.
So, I must embrace the present. Whether it be the weather outside or my soul on the inside. Much of where I am today is of my own making. But there are some situations and circumstances that are far beyond my control.
Today, there are those who had to wake early; brush off their cars and trudge off to work. Others are still sleeping off the foolishness of their self-abuse to begin a weekend they had hoped would be different. Still others had to brace themselves for unexpected news, while some wake expectantly, anxious for hope to be fulfilled.
As I read Galatians 2 this morning, those words; “I am crucified with Christ...” resonated in my soul. Four distinct seasons allows me to see nature go through a cycle of death and rebirth every year. As the tree gives up her leaves in grand and glorious fashion; turning such beautiful and wonderful fall colors; it gives way to a dingy, brown, grey and black that signifies a wintery death has seemingly won.
Often, our emotions follow that pattern as well. I cannot live the way I desire for I will certainly reap the harvest of what I’ve sown. Most often when I do, it is less in quantity and far less pleasing than I had hoped. But my Father tells me that I must die as Christ died “crucified WITH Christ…” In that death, He wants me to experience a life more abundant; a life I could never manufacture on my own.
John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Dead to sin – my sin, brings about a life that only God can bring.
Romans 5:20 “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”
God uses the metaphor of snow to signify the cleansing of my soul. Even in the darkest of nights, the deepest of sorrows, the bleakest of situation and circumstance; the child of God has available to them the pathway to light and into the arms of His love. The hymn write penned it best:
“Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow; now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Even the newfallen snow will turn a dingy grey once man touches it. But I can take heart in that the cleanliness and newness God has brought to my soul through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, is forever!
Die to sin and self.
Come to Jesus and live! There is truly, no other life I would rather live than that which has been given me in Christ Jesus!
Just as nature yields itself to the change of season, it is resurrected by God to once again reveal His beauty in the Spring and Summer. Live today with the hope that God will reveal in your life such beauty once you give all to Him!