time. So bucket with foamy car wash shampoo and orange fluffy car wash glove under the arm, I head to my dusty little
mode of transportation.
I dunk the glove into the warm soapy water and feel the
heaviness of the water it absorbs. The water follows the
glove in an arch as it hits the body of the car. SPLASH!
I start. Dunk, splash, wash, dunk, splash, wash. But then I
saw how the foam played over the paint as I "wax on wax
off" with the bright orange glove. And for the first time, I
felt how the dirt washes away and leaves a foamy but
clean surface. I thought of "Wash me thoroughly
from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my
sin" Psalm 51:2.
I took a step back and looked at the panel I just washed. It
was still soapy and needed a rinse, but it was clean. I
looked at the panel next to it. It was dusty and dirty and very uninviting to the eye. I favor the clean panel.
washes away my sins. He knows what the paintwork looks like underneath all the dirt and grime that sticks. Even if its
very uninviting to the eyes of the world, He took the time to wash me clean too. Sometimes scrubbing a little harder in
some places, but He doesn't stop until its clean. I smiled as the soap played around the orange glove on the clean
surface. I think I am starting to like washing my car.
Next, I pulled out a yellow, VERY soft towel type cloth. (See,
I bought one of those car wash packs with everything you
need. I thought maybe it would inspire me to wash my car) I
started wiping the droplets away after rinsing the soap. I
caught myself that I was working slowly, watching the
drops disappear. I wiped again and thought that the
cleansing process isn't always as simple as SPLASH! and
everything is super shiny and brand spanking new. No,
going through the process of "cleaning" is sometimes
painful as the dirt gets washed (or scrubbed) out of your
life and often we are left with tears running in our souls
and dripping out of our eyes. I thought then, that when
we cry, Jesus knows about it, and it says in Revelations
21:4 "and He will wipe away every tear from their
eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will
no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first
things have passed away."
Every droplet... What an amazing promise.
I stood back and looked at my VERY clean car. I felt a sense of "hard work satisfaction", (so to speak) and I realized one
thing: little monotonous task like washing my car, may seem eternally pointless to me, but reminds me to stay humble. It
reminded me that Jesus came to clean us, wipe our tears, and He deemed it worthy enough
of His time. Teach me to always stay humble Father, no matter what is asked of me.
(PS about an half hour after I happily skipped back to my house and put the cleaning materials away, a dust storm hit... Well, back to washing my car again soon :) )