I have spent several hours this week deep cleaning. It’s so easy to allow these things to build up. Dishes, spills, grime, and dust all collect. And once we finally begin the unpleasant task of cleaning, it takes time (as well as soap and water) to pull things apart and truly clean off the filth, restoring it to what it once was.
But of course, this kind of buildup doesn’t just happen to the insides of fridges and shower stalls and cars – it happens to our hearts! As we live our lives, smudges of sin and selfishness, worry and strain and the influence of the world build up.
And so we come to the One who makes all things clean. Our hearts yearn for Him who made us and can restore us. There is no other answer for the human heart but him! He can take the blackest of our stains and with His gentle hands He wipes it away – the burden of guilt, the sting of regret, the ache of hurt, and even the hot tears that drop.
Near the end of his life, we read that Jesus “poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him” (John 13:5). Surely he who washed the dirt of Palestinian roads will also wash the grime of our hearts:
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool. ~ Isaiah 1:18
The question is – will I come to Him?