Ever tried Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser? I discovered it years ago when nothing else would take the mysterious marks off one of my walls. It works like, well…magic!
And I thought about it as I was wiping the spots off the bathroom mirror. What a strange elation I feel when I clean.
Maybe it’s the sense of accomplishment. All I know is there is a certain satisfaction that settles in on me when I get to see an object transformed from gritty and grimy into glistening and gleaming.
So there I was. Wiping down that mirror. Thinking to myself how I wished I could take a magic eraser to my own spots, make today a fresh start, create a new me. When, suddenly, I remembered.
My wish was a longing already fulfilled. A prayer that had been answered long ago by a merciful God who was willing to do for me what I could not do for myself. His grace wiped away sin, the grit and the grime that weighs heavy, like mud on a guilty heart.
I guess living in this world can sometimes cloud the truth. But on those more-than-I-can-count days when I’m feeling like a hopeless mess, he reminds me of this. That he is still the One who can make a soul clean – make each day a clean slate filled with hope and possibility. He alone has the solution to cleanse me and turn me into something that will gleam and glisten and bring him glory.
“Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14
Isn’t it an overwhelming thought? The idea that, with each new day, we are ourselves being renewed? The unholy being made holy.
His grace is not a magic eraser. It’s bigger than that.
It’s a miracle eraser!
And I am so thankful for the hope I have found in him. How about you?
“And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3
Last week was a time to unwind. unplug. undo the knots that can leave us twisted up inside if we don’t take time to take time.
So we gave ourselves a chance to breathe. We gave up the fast pace so we could slow down and receive the gift that comes to us when we come to Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Sometimes, it’s ok to be a taker. Because when we accept His grace – when we allow ourselves to be renewed and re-fueled by the Giver of all good things – only then do we have the energy and the means to give to others.
Dear Lord, help us know when it’s time to give and when it’s time to take. Restore us. Renew our spirits. Let us find in you the rest we need. Amen.
“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 1-3
I read this article today by Anne Simpkinson on The Power of Silence.
It made me think about how much our spirit craves quiet and how, too often, we feed it a fast-food diet of noise and distraction. But God calls us to stillness.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
There are times when stress can weigh us down, leave us starved for strength and struggling to breathe. There is only one thing that can lift our weary heads and revive our weakened hearts. We need a retreat. And He is our example.
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16
We need to find a place of solitude. A place where we can settle ourselves down at the feet of Jesus and find true rest, healing and renewal. Have you found that place?
Today, I am enjoying a long-awaited and welcome rain. And, with it, silence.
Is your spirit craving silence today? Ask the Lord to show you how to make time for quiet contemplation and prayer. Be blessed!