A Cloudy Windshield
July 19, 2023
We were traveling to see my parents a few years back when we kept hearing repeated phrases from our youngest toddler. She would say dejectedly, “Uh Oh” and then a few seconds later she would loudly cheer. It took us a few minutes to figure out what was happening. We were driving in a little bit of rain, and the wipers were on intermittent setting. Every time rain clouded the windshield, she would say “Uh Oh” and then when the wipers removed the rain, she got excited. This happened the whole trip. What a blessing!
This reminds me of how God views sin in our life. A Christian has already been completely forgiven of all sin because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. BUT we all continue to sin after salvation and should confess that sin (I John 1:9). Not so we can earn a ticket to heaven but so we can see clearly and have a great relationship with our heavenly Father. When we sin, it clouds the windshield of our lives, so we need to ask God to forgive us, and the rain (sin) can be wiped away so we can have clarity of vision. (On a side note- that toddler is now a beautiful young woman, a nurse and continues to help us see life more clearly)
The mini devotional below was written by my mom who had a stroke last August. She has a treasure trove of devotionals she wrote pre-stroke, but she continues to write to her group of friends each week. Family is truly a blessing from the Lord.
’69 / ’83 Quarryville PA
18 “Who is a God like you, who pardons iniquity,
and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of his heritage?
He doesn’t retain his anger forever,
because he delights in loving kindness.
19 He will again have compassion on us.
He will tread our iniquities under foot;
and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
I have been reading a book by Jerry Bridges, entitled “Transforming Grace”. Jesus purchased every blessing and answer to prayer you will ever receive. Every one of them— no exceptions.
Every one of them. He has forgiven us of every sin we have ever committed or will ever commit.
Forgive them all! (1 John 1:9)
Cast them into the sea! (Micah 7:19)
Take them away! (Isaiah (6:7)
Cover them up! (Psalm 32:1)
Blot them out! (Acts 3:19)
Put them away! (Hebrews 9:26a)
Remember them no more! (Hebrews 8:12)
’43 / ’55 New Holland PA
Listen for the trumpet!