Etch A Sketch Inspiration

“He has taken our sins away from us as far as the east is from west” (Ps. 103:12, NCV).

I had one of those really fun Holy Spirit moments this week. Here’s the back story. Almost every night, I fall asleep listening to one of my favorite preachers. There are two of them, and they both have very fatherly hearts. I drift off into sleep, soothed by their gentle voices speaking the Word of God.

I use a particular app for this purpose, on my phone, with videos of these preachers. The other night, I opened my app to find the place where I had left off the night before. It opened up to a vivid visual of the minister pretending to erase an Etch A Sketch. His miming movements up and down and side to side were vigorous and energetic. I remarked to myself, “I hadn’t thought about that toy in decades!”

Have you ever played with an Etch A Sketch? I had so much fun with mine as a child. I would spend long windows of time trying to get the picture just right… and I could easily start over if it wasn’t going as I desired. All I had to do was shake it up – just like the preacher was doing on the video the other night – and, voila! There before me was a clean screen, all ready for me to begin again.

The very next day after seeing that visual on my phone’s app, I opened my email. Can you guess what one of the first things that I found there was? A devotional about the Etch A Sketch! Mind you, this email was not from the same ministry as the one on my app. The two ministries are in fact not related at all. The devotional email was brand new, while the teaching series from the night before was several years old. And yet, strikingly, both of them were about this red rectangular toy from my childhood.

You better believe that my spiritual ears perked up. I immediately knew Holy Spirit had set me up for this one. I read the devo very carefully. At the top, it had the verse that I am sharing with you today. I know He wants to joyfully deposit this truth into your heart today too. Here it is again:

“He has taken our sins away from us as far as the east is from west” (Ps. 103:12, NCV).

As far as the east is from the west. How far is that? Ne’er the two shall meet! Now, if you go due north, you eventually hit the northernmost tip of the world, the North Pole. Same thing if you go south. Those two points on the globe have a finite amount of space between them. However, you could travel east for the rest of your life, and never get to an end point, right? Same thing if you were to travel westward until the end of your days.

What does this mean? This Scripture is telling you and me that He has removed our sins infinitely far from us. You could search for the rest of your life, and never find them again. The Lamb of God has taken them away forever.

So. Need a fresh start? It’s as easy as the Etch A Sketch. This is because Jesus has provided His blood for you. He paid the full price for you to live forgiven. Take a moment and imagine with me: the visual of shaking that thing! In the blink of an eye, you have a clean slate. If you need to, right now, this Scripture is for you:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NKJV).

Just be honest with Him. Tell Him you messed up. Ask Him to forgive you. In that very moment you ask, He already has. And not only that, He has also cleansed you. (Not just a little bit… “from all unrighteousness,” it says.). It’s who Jesus is. Faithful and just.

See that? Clean slate! You are free to begin again…


Was an Etch A Sketch part of your childhood?

Have you had a fun Holy Spirit teaching moment recently, like this one?

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