This morning a damp haze shrouded the front yard. It filtered the early morning sunrise into dirtied, graying tones of orange. The morning then developed into a bright, autumn day of sunshine. And it preached these words of God: “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22).
A change in the weather can really change a person’s outlook, can’t it? Or at least change the appearance of life circumstances from blah to bright. And if that’s what God can do to you with the weather, well, it gets even better!
Think of the billions of tiny vapor droplets in a cloud of morning mist that God sweeps away with his sunshine and wind. Think of the numerous mistakes you’ve made, promises you’ve broken, and words you regret. God sweeps them away “like the morning mist.”
God the Son shines his bright promises on your blah day, and the fog disappears. God the Spirit breathes his words of truth and transformation into the shadows of your soul, and it comes to new life.
It has cleared up for you to return to God without a cloud of sin hanging over your conscience. With sharper focus you can see more possibilities for today that demonstrate your love for God and others.
It’s a beautiful day!
Pastor Daron Lindemann is pastor at a new mission start in Pflugerville, Texas. Previously he served in downtown Milwaukee and in Irmo, South Carolina. Daron has authored articles or series for Forward in Christmagazine, Preach the Word, and his own weekly Grace MEMO devotions. He lives in Texas with his wife, Cara, and has two adult sons.
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