Winter’s cold is finally giving way to summer’s warmth. It only took forever, but I’m thankful it’s finally starting to arrive. Yesterday was the first day in… about five months… I was able to just walk around without a sweater or a jacket of some kind. It felt good to actually be warm. I’ve been cold since October and was really getting sick of it.
Well, although the weather yesterday was good, my attitude wasn’t. So as not to bore you with details, let’s just say that the day didn’t start off too great and some later events made me even more upset. Later in the day, things got better and by the time we got back to our place that night my mood had improved. I said a prayer before retiring to bed, asking my Heavenly Father to forgive me for allowing my attitude to get the best of me.
So I made my peace, went to sleep, dreamed about Coheed and Cambria (no joke), and woke up refreshed. I not only felt physically well, but my mind felt at peace. I’m amazed time and time again how merciful God is, how patient He is, and how willing He is to forgive us and let us try again the next day. He truly is our Father, ’cause honestly, only a parent could treat us with such tender kindness. Only a parent could be so willing to say, “Wow, yeah, you really screwed up, but it’s okay. I love you, so let’s try this again.”
In the Doctrine and Covenants (modern revelation), we read, “verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, forgive sins unto those who confess their sins before me and ask forgiveness, who have not sinned unto death.”
This experience of being forgiven and given yet another chance feels, to me at least, a lot like the weather I experienced yesterday. After being cold and chilly for such a long time, words can’t describe how awesome it was to feel the sun and finally be warm.
That’s what the Atonement of Christ feels like when it operates in our lives. We feel warm, vibrant, and bright. We don’t need to hide behind bundles of clothing that restrict our movements. We’re free to go out and do more. That is the delivering power of Jesus Christ. He frees us. He brightens the day. If sin is the winter’s chill, keeping us in place, then Jesus Christ is summer’s warmth, melting the ice to make us warm and free.