One morning I visited a pond near my house. I sat on an overturned boat, thinking and watching a gentle west wind chase a layer of mist across the waters surface. Wisps of fog circled and swirled. Mini tornadoes rose up and then exhausted themselves. Before long, the sunlight cut through the clouds and the mist disappeared.
This scene comforted me because I connected it with a verse Id just read: I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist (Isaiah 44:22). I visited the place hoping to distract myself from a series of sinful thoughts Id been preoccupied with for days. Although I was confessing them, I began to wonder if God would forgive me when I repeated the same sin.
That morning, I knew the answer was yes. Through His prophet Isaiah, God showed grace to the Israelites when they struggled with the ongoing problem of idol worship. Although He told them to stop chasing false gods, God also invited them back to Himself, saying, I have made you, you are my servant; . . . I will not forget you (v. 21).
I dont fully grasp forgiveness like that, but I do understand that Gods grace is the only thing that can dissolve our sin completely and heal us from it. Im thankful His grace is endless and divine like He is, and that its available whenever we need it.