Daily Devotional

Tracks in the Snow

by Simon Whitton

15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood;
16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong,
17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
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 as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:15-18 (NIV)

When I was child I received an autograph book as a gift.  I went around a number of grown ups in my village and school asking them to sign it.  A teacher in my school - along with her autograph - wrote a heavy and serious poem, about how poor choices you make will follow you in your walk through life, like tracks in the snow for everyone to see.

Sure enough, from about that age coincidently enough, I started to make a lot of bad choices in life and many of them could be clearly seen behind me.  It was as if my evil deeds were in plain sight like a trail of mud through the snow.

But eventually I made a good choice.  I became a Christian, and I confessed to God my sins, my past and my poor choices.  And I have news for you Mrs. Bismarck, or whatever your name was: There was a huge snowfall.  Deep heavy snow covering everything in the land as far as the eye can see.  Not only were all my tracks covered, but with the snow came a new atmosphere, a quiet stillness, a calm peace that is unique to a fresh snowfall.

After becoming a Christian, I continued to make poor choices from time to time. But the snowfalls are more regular now.  People may remember my mistakes, but that's irrelevant, because as God looks down from heaven my tracks are all covered.

Is there something in your past that troubles you?  Something that needs to be covered?  Spread out your hands in prayer and ask like David did:

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7 (NIV)

It is at God's command that His vast storehouses of snow are opened.  He delights to send snow upon the land.  God is just waiting for you to ask.

God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow,
'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'

Job 37:5-6 (NIV)

Then know that a new day has dawned, and with it has come a clean fresh landscape, brighter than before, full of peace and tranquility.

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