Our oldest son is moving to Seattle. We had the opportunity to see the $1.7 million home he and three classmates where renting. It is a charming 100 year old home that has not been maintained. Decades of dirt, grime and smells attacked our senses when we opened the door. The back deck was black and mossy in desperate need of being power washed.
We were the first ones to see it in person as the boys aren’t officially moving in until the end of the month. Curt volunteered to power wash the deck. We both did some cleaning inside, so we could sleep there before heading to a couple of national parks. It got me thinking about the dark black stains we have in our lives and the One who cleans them.
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar. (Psalm 19:11-14 MSG).
It is easy to think our sins are unredeemable. It is easy to think we don’t deserve being scrubbed clean from sin. It is easy to keep pushing the darkness down insides in hopes that it will go away. That’s not how God works. God power washes us. He scrubs us clean from sin and gives us a clean slate each day.
Lord, keep me from stupid sins, and wash away the darkest parts of my heart and mind. Don’t let me try to do your work by believing I’m unredeemable. Leave me power washed, so I can be your light in this world.
Do you need to be power washed? Are you trying to do God’s work by holding back your sins? How has God scrubbed you clean? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.