Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 14, 2017

Unexpected Grace

 “….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 1:18b (NIV)

Bright yellow daffodils raised their head above the ground in my neighbor’s yard.  Winter had been long, cold and dreary that year, but  now it was early March.  The week before Easter.   Robins greeted me in the morning.  Daylight crept slowly out in the evening. Spring was edging it’s way in; I could just feel it.

And then God did something unexpected and breathtaking.

Palm Sunday 2013 arrived  with a blanket of snow. As tiny flakes of white fell from the sky, my heart soared.  With every huge flake that danced in the air, my eyes swelled. And when I walked out in the midst of drenching snow, my soul breathed in deep of God’s grace.  Incredible timing….amazing reminder that sin’s debt has been paid.  Utter joy as we realize that those once lost have been found.  Indescribable hope because those who were blind now can see. Exhilarating sound as chains are released and captives set free.  Unending peace as grace covers all our sins – past and present.

It’s the week before Easter….when the world stood still, the thunder clapped and darkness fell.  The earth quaked, tombs awakened and the temple curtain ripped.  And centurions spoke, “Surely He was the Son of God.”

Unexpected and breathtaking – isn’t that God’s signature trademark?  Surprising those laden with guilt.  Isn’t that God’s character to forget wrongs casting them into the depths of the sea.  Isn’t that just like God to invite the scarred, the flawed and the wretched  (like me) to breathe in deep of His loving kindness.  Won’t you join me?

“Father, how sweet to dance in the downpour of Your grace – my scarlet sins transformed to white – come and cleanse me.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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