Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As Far as the East From the West

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I’d done it again.

The one thing I’d promised God I wouldn’t do. I had great intentions, but my follow-through record was less than stellar. I hated to go to my heavenly Father once more and confess the same old thing.

I know, in my head, that God promises to always forgive us when we sin. All we have to do is ask. I know the scriptures that promise again and again that’s He’s gracious and filled with mercy. But I couldn’t help be worry that my continual stumbling in this one area might strain even His patience.

Before I started my prayer time, I opened my Bible. I always try to be on a reading plan, because it keeps me on track. But today I just flipped through the pages, more to avoid the prayer of forgiveness needed to be said, than to really find an answer.

But answer He did, in Psalm 103:12. He has taken our sins away from us as far as the east is from west.

As I stared at the verse, I felt the beginning of peace. I was able to continue with my prayer time and move forward. But in the back of my mind, that verse lingered. It seemed like an odd verse, using two compass points. I wondered why those two? Why not north from south?

I discovered the answer, and it’s intimately tied to the physical world that God created for us.

When a person is standing near the North Pole and walks north, the instant they hit the very most northern tip of the earth and take one more step, they are now traveling south.

BUT when a person begins at a point on our earth and begins walking east, even if they circumvent the entire globe, they are always walking east. To walk west, they must turn around and begin walking in the opposite direction.

God is like walking east. He is always true to His word and never reverses Himself or turns around and goes the opposite direction. We know He’s trustworthy and we can trust Him not to remember our sins.

This insight has given me so much peace. I hate to stumble again and again over the same thing. But I no longer fear going to God, confessing and asking forgiveness.

How about you? How have you found peace in God’s willingness to forgive over and over again? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.



Edie Melson—author, editor, and blogger—is a leading professional within the writing industry, as well as a popular inspirational speaker and mentor. She writes for military families and veterans. Her first book is Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle. Her second, from Worthy Inspired is While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military  and debuts in May, 2015. She’s also the military family blogger for Guideposts at While They Serve.

Her popular blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month, and she’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She’s the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy, the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine, as well as the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com. Connect on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Excellent and insightful post, Edie. Loved it.

  2. Holly, thank you! I'm glad you stopped by, Blessings, E

  3. This is such a beautiful post, Edie, and so timely, with Resurrection Sunday just around the corner. What a precious blessing forgiveness is! Thank you for reminding us just deep God's grace is.

  4. This is a concept that's hard for humans to grab hold of and realize in our knower what it means. What a totally awesome promise! Thank you for posting, Edie! I enjoyed the reminder :)