I have one thing in common with Laura Bush: my husband brings me coffee every morning. It’s a great gift and a HUGE help in starting the day. But somedays, even the cup of coffee doesn’t make a dent in the heaviness I feel. And many mornings I’ll ask Phat, “Is it overcast?”
“Yes, it is. Are you hurting?”
“Yeah. It might take a while for me to get moving. I hope it clears up soon.”
Some days the clouds hang low and heavy. On those days I stay curled up in bed, drawing, reading, blogging, listening to the TV or songs on youtube…waiting for the sky to clear and my body to release from the dreariness it feels. It’s harder in Winter when the days stay cold and overcast more often.
But, thankfully, I live in Texas — aka God’s country — and the sun shines bright most days. On Spring days when the sun comes out and the air is fair to middlin’, I’m a happy camper. The oppressive spirit of the cloudy overhang is gone and I’m able to move more easily throughout the day.
I ran across this verse in the book of Isaiah (44:22):
“I have swept away your sins like the morning mists.
I have scattered your offenses like the clouds.
Oh, return to Me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”
Isn’t that beautiful? What a perfect wordpicture God gives of the freedom we can feel through His grace…His mercy…His compassion…His forgiveness.
He doesn’t desire for any of us to carry the guilt of our sins. To live in the anxiety and dreariness of what we’ve done is not His plan for us. Others may not want us to ever forget, but not God. He wants us to live free. Freedom from guilt…
He has scattered our offenses like the clouds.
Our sins are gone like the morning mists.
I’m basking in the sunshine of His grace today.
“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a heavy mist.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
Even though the sky is a bit on the heavy side today, God spoke a clear word of affirmation to me. He has cleared away the thick clouds of my transgressions! I can enjoy His Sonshine!
I have put your evil doings out of My mind like a thick cloud,
And your sins like a mist:
Come back to Me; for I have taken up your cause.
Spring has sprung in my heart.