In the fall, after a hard frost, I set a goal for myself to wash all of the windows in our home. A hard frost will routinely clean the air of bugs and spiders that insist that this is their home also. As I was washing the first couple of windows, I was overwhelmed with the dirt that had found its way into the crevices of the track where the screen ran up and down. This dirt could be identified as fine brown chaff which must have been blown in by the wind and dropped down into that tiny that tiny shaft. There were other dirty items accumulating on the windowsills also, like dead ladybugs, fly guts, spider webs, and stink bugs just to name a few. I was dismayed at myself for not finding the dirt sooner and then the next thought was of great appreciation for the window’s protection from the dirt actually coming into the house where we live. Yes, I eventually did get all the windows washed and I really enjoyed the brighter color of fall coming into our home.
As you can tell, I really studied the event of dirt and NOW how it applies to our lives.
Sin has similar qualities as dirt. Gradually over our lives, er are subjected to all sorts of environments where sin will build-up like dust, sticky grime, and loose chaff. Sin and dirt find a way to get in unnoticed and then cling to crevices in our minds and hearts, and in time will build up to a point of heavy burdens. Like windows we fight off a strong windstorm of debris, but in our own strength, we cannot filter off all the dust and grime from coming into our hearts.
If you do not identify the sin as dirt and find its entrance way, then you will be in a constant state of harassment. Our Lord offers us an alternative to grime build up.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts,
See if there is any offensive way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting
Don’t ignore the power of God’s cleansing to give you a brighter outlook.
Finding relief in my own heart cleanup,