His Holy Spirit poured out on me: through what, you may ask? Through snow.
This is one of the reasons that I thank God for snow. It symbolizes many things. It represents brokenness of the human heart, repentance of sins, and inner and outer healing of the soul while all pointing to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Word of God states in the English Standard Version of Isaiah 1:18:
~”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.”~
Snow, a form of weather created by Almighty God Himself, can be used for His glory as it depicts who Jesus Christ is. Why is this? I have a story to tell, as it relates to how God grew me this past year from tests and trials.
2017 was a year of many ups and downs. By ups and downs, I mean trials and tribulations. I had to learn what it meant to forgive myself as it relates to my own sin nature (issues and baggage) and let it all go to God.
My two best friends from college chose to leave me. They chose to leave me because of issues with my inner self that I had to confront and deal with. While it is not clear to me as to whether or not they forgave me, I knew that I had a choice to make. That choice re-defined me. Who I am, as it pertains to my identity in Jesus Christ. Me.
Their sins and baggage belong to them just as my sins and baggage are mine. I chose to put all of my sins and baggage at the foot of the cross (NOT their issues, but mine). And leave it all there…..all while asking God to forgive me of my sins.
Now, how does this relate to snow, you may ask? It has everything to do with snow.
I was frozen. Frozen in sin. Frozen in fear and guilt that ultimately led to shame, which led to brokenness. I broke….mentally and spiritually…..then I broke down in tears to the point of crying out to God. It was at that point that I realized that I could not do it myself. I could not carry this heavy load myself.
Back then, I did not know how to handle my own sins. I was so naive that I was clueless. I was frozen.
I did not know how I could heal. I was frozen.
I did not know how to rebuke the lies of the enemy versus knowing the truths of God’s Word and what He thinks of me as His adopted daughter. I WAS FROZEN.
Then I found the Word of God. I found His Words. They healed my battle scars and wounds I dealt with before, during, and after I went on a missions trip to Japan this past year. I found my source of healing. The Truth of the Word of the Living God that is of Jesus Christ. I was finally able to confront my issues and give them to God so that He could deliver me from myself: my own worst enemy.
~”Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”~Jeremiah 15:16~
The Word of God is sweet. Like honey, to me. I had to remember that as I basked myself in God’s Word this morning all while enjoying the snow. I repented by asking God to forgive me.
It did not matter to me, in that moment, what my two best friends thought of me. It no longer matters to me. I know God has forgiven me. And I am free because of what Jesus did for me on the cross. And that is all that matters to me. That healed me.
~”I am no longer frozen. I melt for Jesus. I melt for what He did for me. I melt for Him because of what He did to heal my frozen heart. He is always for me and not against me. Always. Always. And Forevermore.”~I Quoted This. 🙂
Bitterness and an angry heart are not of God. They are of the enemy. They are of the world. They are of me because I am not perfect. I am a sinner. God’s Holy Spirit unfroze what I could not unfreeze. By His stripes, I am free, forgiven, and healed, in Jesus’ name. I live and claim that truth today. And all because of snow. 🙂
I am not a good person. Nor am I perfect. Or even the best. But I can say that I am forgiven and I am free, in the name of Jesus Christ. And that gives me a sense of peace because I left ALL of my baggage, sins, and issues with self at the foot of the cross.
Because of Jesus, I don’t have to carry the emotional baggage of others. Because of Jesus, my approval is found in Him and not in others. I am forgiven and free. I matter to him. He is my Heavenly Father.
Thank You Jesus!
God bless you dear reader. Go in peace! 🙂