There is no worse job in the world than painting…especially at our house…because every wall has to be done five times. First you have to scrap and remove the old wallpaper…( yes wallpaper) then you have to wash the wall down with a product called TSP…an acid based chemical that eats away the remaining wallpaper glue…then you have to go to the doctor and explain why you didn’t wear rubber gloves when you were applying the TSP. And it doesn’t stop there! Then you have to apply a primer to the wall…next comes the paint…and not one coat of paint like the label on the can says…but two coats of paint. It takes 5 times… to get the wall to look fresh and new and updated.
I’m so glad forgiveness doesn’t work the same way. God doesn’t say to us …the first thing you have to do is really work hard to get rid of all those layers of imperfections. He doesn’t say come and see me after you’ve scrapped away the failures and shortcomings in your life. He doesn’t expect our lives to be prepared to receive his grace …he just says …come as you are…ask for forgiveness…and the good news is… that it only takes one coat. Our sins are covered…we have a clean slate…a smile on our face…a newness about us…and a fresh new start… after only one application.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isa 1:18
A freshly painted wall…I have discovered…takes a lot of work. It’s not a work I practically enjoy…and not something that I would say I love to do! As I reflect on my relationship with God…I’m so glad…that despite all the work that needs doing in my life…God doesn’t give up because of his love for me! Next time your painting…remember that. Next time your painting…smile…. You’re covered from head to toe with his forgiveness…..and best of all…no second coat needed….