Whiter than Snow

“Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.”  Psalm 51:7

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I awoke at midnight from pain in my stomach and hips, being stricken with a large uterine fibroid and an acute illness of some kind.  Having fallen asleep when the outside temperature was 37º with rain clouds, the soft silence drew me for a curious look.  In the faint lamplights I could see all was lighter in color than usual.  Arousing, I turned on the outside light to see pure white snow falling thickly, blanketing everything in its path.

We don’t typically get snow.  Joyfully, I woke my eldest two children (the ones likely to fall back asleep) and showed them the glorious sight.

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This man is the realization of my dreams.

Why did David write that when God washes us, we shall be whiter than snow?  Whiter?  Isn’t snow as white as it gets?

I don’t believe he was exaggerating.  In fact, his bold exclamations of God’s power and righteousness are probably a big hint as to how this imperfect man was titled by God Himself as “a man after mine [God’s] own heart.” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22)  He had a childlike faith to believe in that which is beyond all he could ever see or think in this world.

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My four year-old’s child-likeness

Do we ever feel unforgiven?  How about unforgiveable?  I heard a minister say recently that if you are worried you have committed the unpardonable sin, it’s very likely you haven’t.  Because that worry is a sign of belief and fear–a desire to do that which is right in the eyes of the One True God.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.  Proverbs 28:13

To the harlot at the well who was full of repentance, Jesus commanded, “go, and sin no more.”  John 8:11  As my husband often says, “Moving forward…”

Are you moving forward?

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  Matthew 6:14-15

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11:25-26

Often, our lack of peace about whether or not God forgives us is not so much that we don’t believe he can, but that we know He shouldn’t (or won’t) because we ourselves are refusing to forgive others (or even another).  We have disobeyed the “go, and sin no more.”

You are forgiven.  Now, go, and sin no more.

Are you in physical pain today?  I am 34 years old, and if you would have asked me 3½ years ago if I suspected I’d be spending these years in chronic pain I would have first replied with, “oh, I pray not!”  But I have.

And tonight, when I reflect on God washing me so I can be whiter than snow, I remember His promise of a new body in heaven, clothed in pure white robes.  Brother, sister, there is hope and joy in the Lord.

“for the joy of the LORD is your strength”  Nehemiah 8:10

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