(This is day eleven of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Genesis 1, Isaiah 1:18, and Psalm 51: 1-10.
Create a snowman, either by nature (if you’re luckier than us in the South) or by craft.
How is shaping a snowman much like what God does with us, at creation and in our daily walk with Him? It is a daily, hands-on process. God is intimate with us. He knows every bump and blemish we have, inside and out. And yet, even though we are tough to work with, He fashions us as He wants us… and He takes joy in the process. Joy. God takes joy in crafting me. That’s awesome.
Tell God how thankful you are that He shapes us to look more like Jesus. Describe a time in your life when you knew for sure God was shaping you to be more like Jesus. I know I keep going back to when my husband was in Iraq, but that was such a concentrated God year for me. He asked everything of me. He pulled everything out of me. He showed me how to serve, how to minister and to be ministered to, and reminded me of who I am. I really need to sit down and revisit those lessons. As awesome as the time was with Him, it’s not a “field trip” I want to take again!
Journal about your thoughts on being made whiter than snow. I’ll be honest with you. Isaiah 1:18 gripped me right in the heart. I know all I’ve done and thought and said. I know where I’ve been and where I am right now. I have personally witnessed God take the very worst thing I think I ever did and flip it right on top of it’s head. He forgave me, cleansed me… then wrapped that awful up in a package and returned it to me as a gift. I know that makes no sense, but He did. Every single time I think about it, it makes me tear up. If He had not let me experience that, I don’t know what I’d think. But every time I start to think I’m too far gone for Him to save, I remember the way He brought things perfectly to a point for me on the road between Indiana and Tennessee one day and showed me exactly what He’d done. It does not get better than God saying, “You are forgiven beyond your wildest imaginings.”