Icicles, Thermo-Sensors, and the Frosty Heart of Unforgiveness (The 45th Parallel)

Written by on February 10, 2014

Barbecue & Thermo Sensor Snow Feb 2014 (1)Icicles Snowstorm Feb 2014






This weekend’s storm in Portland brought the fresh sight of snow and with it popsicles hanging from eager eaves. A glance out my window says it all: the sight of our barbecue covered with penguin-high chunks of snow. And the outdoor thermometer sensor (which broadcasts the temperature indoors) is covered, too. Everything is frozen. Unmoving. Willie-niverred.

Spiritual Parallel:  When we reach an impasse in relationships, ugly icicles of unforgiveness form inside and freeze our hearts over. Our winter wonderland becomes heaps of not-so-nice-cubes. Honestly, who needs a polar bear fed exed to them in a snowstorm?

Even when the air temperature surrounding our house crept into the forties, the thermometer sensor was covered with snow, and conveyed freezing conditions to the readout indoors. Isn’t unforgiveness like that? Everything’s processed through a filter of frostiness. Everything we eat, think, and drink is tainted by resentment.  A  popular expression says,  “It’s time to take a chill pill.” Who needs a chill pill when you’re already a human pickle-cicle?

But great news: When we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  When we fall, let’s remind ourselves that God’s grace is huger, enormouser, colossaller than anything we’ve been up to. Sign me up for more of this patient, merciful God!

What thaws your heart in an emotional snowstorm?

~ The 45th Parallel is a series which explores spiritual parallels in  everyday sights. I invite you to email a photo you’ve taken and tell how it illustrates overcoming; forgiving; encouraging; or our relationship with God. It may be featured in an upcoming blog post! 


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