Come now, let’s look at the choices before you, says God. Though your sins are like scarlet, they can be white as snow.
There was a scene in the movie “Shindler’s List” in which a small child in a scarlet coat was running away and trying to hide. Since the rest of the movie was in black and white, she stuck out like a sore thumb. It was that child that so moved Shindler, he would risk everything he had and his life to try to make right out of the wrong that was so prevalent and which he was a part of creating. I think it’s a perfect example of today’s scripture. Imagine God being so filled with love and grace that God was able to change the heart of a man who participated in murder, in genocide. It’s a true story.
How is it then that we so often feel unable to stand before God and admit we’re not perfect. Why do we often choose to try to drive the car on our own, when God is the one with the inside track on all the traffic problems? I wish I knew the answers. But what I do know is this…God is constantly inviting us to come whether or not we’ve answers or just questions. God invites us to come be with our greatest fan. Come seek the strength and courage and wisdom to grow into the holiness into which we were created. Come to receive the grace to learn from our mistakes and become more loving. Come all who are weary and you will find rest.
Did you know that the word “come” is used in the bible almost 2000 times? I think God is trying to make something very clear to us…Come to Me. I am filled with love, grace, mercy, kindness, and truth. You don’t owe me anything. There is nothing you need to do except come to me with honesty and trust – you will be made white as snow. Over and over again if that’s what it takes, but just come.
Maybe today we can accept one of Scripture’s invitations to Come to God. Maybe today, as the snow falls outside, we can remember and rejoice, that we too will be white as snow, we just need to say “Yes, God, I’m coming.”