I love snow in all its beauty but particularly its ability to cover up anything and everything that offends.
My girlfriend relayed to me an experience she had in her church service a couple of Sundays ago. The song leader was teaching the congregation a new song and everyone was concentrating on getting the notes right... singing each word as it came up on the screen.
It was only when they were singing the song for the second time .. that my friend suddenly caught her breath and looked over to catch her friend's eye who was shaking her head !
At the same moment, the pastor jumped up and rushing up to the song leader said.. "No, no .. I think we better correct that !"
The refrain of the new song contained a typo . The words everyone had been singing were...
"We will sin, shout and praise in heaven!"
An embarrassed wave of laughter rippled over the congregation as a quick adjustment was made in the lyrics. Sin to sing - one letter .. but a world of difference in meaning ..
When she told me the story , I , of course chuckled with her .. but then I thought about it .
Isn't that so true in our lives?
How often the things of this world distract us and we fail to notice the 'little' things that slip unnoticed into our thoughts, words, actions.
We are so focused on what we are doing we shift our attention and the sin 'typos' find an easy entry - a thought we fail 'to take captive' , a hurtful/angry word that slips off our tongue, an action/reaction that we leave in our wake.
When we have neglected our reading of the Word , our prayer time .... how long before we recognize that 'typos' have slipped onto the screen of our life ?
Perhaps others see them before we do !
On our computers we have 'spell check' --a life saver for me , IF I use it - but even if I do it does not catch a word that is misused.
As believers we have the Holy Spirit who 'spell checks' our hearts - but He doesn't miss anything. If we ask Him to check for 'typos' -- He will !
And in revealing, the Lord is also waiting to correct -- to forgive -- to cover with pure whiteness.
Job declared "My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And You cover my iniquity. " Job 14:17
His words bring a picture to my mind of his sins in a trash bag, sitting at the curb covered in snow, waiting for garbage pickup .
Job was in the old covenant where sin was only 'covered', but for us in the New Covenant - Jesus has come. Our 'bags' of transgressions have been picked up and taken away - we need never see them again!
How good it feels to know we can be 'clean' before God -- able to come boldly into His Presence -- with joyful thanksgiving !