Snowflakes are delicate and seemingly harmless as they float down to the ground, but things are not always as they seem. Each year many lives are destroyed by the heavy weight burden of accumulating snow, collapsing roofs and causing myriad of other heavy snow accidents. In like manner, petty offenses, small annoyances and little irritations also seem innocuous, but they stick together, building up and becoming deadly for our souls, collapsing in on our lives like an avalanche. Unforgiveness rarely begins as a single event; it creeps in slowly and piles up. Our pathway to safety is to break the chain by closing each day with forgiveness for others. Lord of Forgiveness and Mercy, cleanse my soul of unforgiveness and fill me with Your love.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.