Yesterday 12 inches of snow fell upon us. A few days before that we had 5 inches of snow, so now lay 17 inches of snow in my backyard. It was such a beautiful day yesterday. The wet snow stuck to the trees as the kids and I went sledding and exploring in our woods. The temperature was around 32 degrees, so we bundled up and found ourselves taking off layers during our morning fun. Between fun, Pete and I shoveled the driveway three times as the snow accumulated. As the day continued on, the snow accumulation weighed down tree limbs to the point they would snap and crash to the ground. Panic started to ensue as we looked at our power line and saw a large limb filled with snow, dangling over it. Temperatures began to plummet into the negative numbers. Winterizing our home became necessary because the next two days the weather people are reporting below zero temps. I went to bed last night praying for God to find a way to restore power to the 50,000 people in our metro area that had none, and pleading for Him to allow us to stay safe and warm. I had no control over the scenario. I needed God.
This morning as I looked over my yard; the snow that gave us so much joy yesterday was causing intense anxiety today. It looked beautiful, but the weight of it on the trees, powerlines, and rooflines was igniting this huge fear inside of me.
I realized that my sins are like this. My selfish sin begins with what seems like so much fun. It is exciting. As I continue to choose myself over God, I continue to make myself believe I deserve this fun. Wouldn’t God want me to have a little joy in life? As I continue down that path, my sin packs on a little more weight. All that fun is getting a little exhausting. A few burdens start popping up all around me. My life still looks pretty joyful and fun, but a few of my choices are weighing on me. Each night I go to sleep and my nights become a little more restless. I begin to worry. I begin to realize maybe I am not making the right choices. My sins encapsulate my body, my mind and finally my soul. I have no control. I need God.
Don’t let yourself be fooled by sin. Don’t let yourself be blanketed in your bad choices. Don’t let what seems like fun turn into a trade for your soul. Place God first, not yourself. Let Him be your Light.
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” 1 Peter 1:13 from The Message