I love how the Lord speaks to me in His word and in His ways. This past weekend He had a lesson for me concerning…”whiteness“:
On Friday, I had the pleasure of riding in a golf cart with my 14 year old son Davis while he played 9 holes. He would make his drive, and then we would ride off to find the ball, which was (most often) sitting on the plush green fairway. The white ball against the grassy backdrop was pronounced and distinctive.
On Saturday, I went to a bridal shower for a beautiful young lady. At the luncheon, there were white flowers, white gift bags, and white tea cakes (yum). All this white was pure and lovely.
Then on Saturday night, my 17 year old son Bink took a sweet sweet sweet family friend to the prom. He persistently persuaded me into getting a… white tuxedo. After much debate, I relented, and rented. Needless to say, he was absolutely set apart and, okay yes, striking.
And then finally, early on Sunday morning, my avid turkey-hunting husband came barreling in the house announcing with excitement that he had gotten the long-pursued ultimate bird… a white turkey. Mac said these kinds are rare and awesome.
Now, as I was pondering all of this whiteness on Monday morning in my quiet time, trying to make sense of it, listen to the very next Bible verse that I “happened” to read as I turned the page in a devotional book:
Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. (Matthew 17:1-2).
Like I said, I love the way God works in His word and His ways! All the white this weekend, helped me understand this passage in a deeper way. Jesus Christ is the pronounced, distinctive, pure, lovely, set apart, striking, rare and awesome One. No need to look further for the truth! The passage goes on to say this:
…a bright cloud overshadowed them and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)
God promises, He has all the answers for our good and His glory. The amazing thing is this: when we stay still enough to listen to Him, and then choose to obey Him, then we will become like Him. We too will be different in a beautiful hope-filled way. Because of Jesus Christ alone,
Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow…” (Isaiah 1:18).
My friend, for the sake of this dark, confused, lonely, broken world, let us choose white, white, white, white, White.