Cleanse me of my wickedness with hyssop, and I will be clean. If You wash me, I will be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean heart, O God; restore within me a sense of being brand new. (Psalm 51:7, 10)
“A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments.
A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?
“The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.” (Source Unknown)
Pass the squeegee! And the Windex too! My heart needs a few swipes of the squeegee with a few sprays of Windex. You may want to bring a new roll of paper towels while you’re at it for the creases in my heart that need a touch of elbow grease!
As I read the story of the young couple, I couldn’t help but think of the dirty film that often covers my heart – the dirty film that separates me from God.
Sometimes, it’s the film of pride. Often times, the film of jealousy. Every now and then, the film of gossip. A lot of time, the film of selfishness. Most of the time, the film of doing instead of being. And, frequently, the film of (_______). Go ahead and fill in the blank. I’m sure I’ve been there and have done that film too!
What dirty film covers your heart? How do we get rid of the dirty film? How do we restore intimacy with God?
1 John 1:9 tells us if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Please note, we act first. We must confess our sins. We must reveal our dirty films. Then in His faithfulness, He forgives. He cleanses us of our wrong doings! He removes the dirty film covering our hearts.
Our squeegee becomes the Word of God. God becomes our Windex – our hyssop.
Are you ready for your heart to be squeegeed? Are you ready for a clean heart? Will you join me in a prayer of forgiveness?
Lord, thank You for your faithfulness. Create in us clean hearts. Cause us to seek your forgiveness. Forgive us of our pride, our jealousy, our selfishness. Forgive us of anything that comes between our hearts. Remove our stained and dirty film. Thank you for the gift of forgiveness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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