I read a story about a mom that played a game in her own mind. When she was having a tough day, she would think to herself about erasing the person making it difficult. She might have to erase her child, her husband, or maybe someone in front of her at a store. Whoever was being the problem in her path she would simply think, “I erase you.” She would even sometimes think that it was a great, big stick she was erasing with.
After I read this story, I decided I liked the concept if I could do the erasing concerning my gray hair. I have had quite a few comments on my gray hair and not all of them were favorable. The comments that astound me the most are those where someone asked, “Who gives you that gray color in your hair?”
“What? Who gives me the gray color, the gray hair?” Ladies have actually asked me this and one even pulled my hair back on one side looking at my gray hair. I never wanted to erase my gray. What I have wanted to erase was these ladies for asking me such questions. But instead I nicely respond, “It’s totally natural.” And then to turn an awkward moment humorous, I add, “One side of the gray on my head belongs to my sons and one side belongs to my daughter.”
Yes, my daughter has always gotten her very own side and we love her with all her feistiness. Maybe you have had someone ask what seems like a rather personal question. Maybe you would have liked to erase them. To put this in perspective I must admit the thought of erasing this way is really not a good way to be. And I must consider what God would think of my erasing. After all, He never wants to erase us, and He has plenty of reasons should He ever want to. But instead He wants to spend life, now and forever, with us right by His side. So much so He gave the ultimate eraser, His Son, Jesus, to erase our sins.
Hebrews 8:12 (NIV) says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.”
I am overjoyed that God erases my sins through what Jesus did. I have had some really bad sins and for them to be forgotten, not just forgiven, humbles me. And God does this lovingly and willingly. For this, I am eternally thankful!
Psalm 100:4 tells us to, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
How will you enter His gates? What are you thankful for? Have you ever thought to bless God? This Holiday season I am going to thank and bless my God. I hope you seek thanksgiving in your hearts too. I hope you spend time giving thanks to Him and not erase His Holy Name. This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.