The weather finally warmed up, we were able to take the plastic off of our screened in porch. Wow, the world outside looks so much clearer now. It is interesting how much a seemingly clear piece of plastic can cloud the view. With the cold, rain and dirt, that once clear piece of plastic had became very cloudy. It happen gradually over the winter, a little cloudier every day so I barely noticed. But when Steve ripped down that plastic, all of a sudden we could see clearly again! The grass is greener, the flowers are brighter, even the weeds are easier to see. We can smell the spring now, too. The lilac bush invaded the porch with its fragrance, the scents of rain and fresh cut grass can all be experienced now that plastic is gone.
As I sat there enjoying the newfound clarity, I wondered, are there other places in my life where I am not seeing clearly, where my vision has become clouded? Am I seeing God clearly? Am I seeing myself clearly? Has my vision become clouded with the cold, rain and dirt that comes from living in a fallen world? Where have I allowed disappointment, fear or unforgivness to obscure the clarity I need to have to serve Him with a pure heart?
Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God their Savior. Psalms 24:3-5
Removing the plastic and washing the windows improve our vision of the world around us. It is as simple act but it requires time. The plastic stayed up longer than it was needed this year, because we didn't make time to pull it down.
When we are born again, we are given clean hands and a pure heart. Keeping them that way is simple act but it does take some time. Holy Spirit has been given to us as our helper, He can reveal where our vision has been clouded. All we have to do is ask Him to show us those areas, repent and allow Him to restore our clean hands and pure heart. It doesn't have to be time consuming, Holy Spirit is the original Mr. Clean! We just have to be willing and want the windows cleaned or the plastic torn down.
The reward for taking that time is awesome! Taking down the plastic enabled us to experience the outside world more fully. The reward for restored clean hands and pure heart is the ability to be in the presence of the Lord, experience His world more fully. And bonus-there's where you find blessing and vindication from the LORD.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
Have you taken the time recently to pray these prayers? If not, I urge you to do so and make it a part of your regular cleaning schedule. The more of that dirty plastic of the world Holy Spirit tears down, the clearer you will experience the Lord. I want more of the Lords presence and His blessing in my life, to be a clearer reflection of His Glory to the world around me. I believe you do also. May He hear the cry of our hearts.
God, listen to me shout,
bend an ear to my prayer.
When I’m far from anywhere,
down to my last gasp,
I call out, “Guide me
up High Rock Mountain!”
You’ve always given me breathing room,
a place to get away from it all,
A lifetime pass to your safe-house,
an open invitation as your guest.
You’ve always taken me seriously, God,
made me welcome among those who know and love you.
Let the days of the king add up
to years and years of good rule.
Set his throne in the full light of God;
post Steady Love and Good Faith as lookouts,
And I’ll be the poet who sings your glory—
and live what I sing every day.
Psalms 61 Message Bible