epent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19-20
Today’s verse is especially interesting because it goes beyond the familiar call to repentance and changing our lives. It tells us that when we make that decision – when we turn away from the wrongs we’ve done or the sins that have hobbled us – something quite wonderful happens. We feel not only renewed but refreshed as well.
That word makes us think of a welcome shower when we’ve become dirty; a swim in cool, clear water on a hot summer day; something delightful to drink when we’re thirsty—something that does more than quench our thirst, it seems to quench our spirits. That’s the refreshment that comes when we return to God. That promise should make us not just want to turn to him, but to run to him.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2017
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA