Today, I am enjoying the peaceful quiet in my home. My children are visiting their Grammy, and Hubby is in town...so it's just my Joel Clarkson CDs, the household cleaners and Me. There has been a stench in the kids bathroom lately, and I have not been able to clean it enough! So today, after scrubbing it down well, I grabbed the caulk! As I caulked around the comotion (as my daughter calls it), I realized how dingy the base boards were...so off to get the touch up paint. What is profound to me, is the fact that I have already dusted and wiped down the baseboards, and yet as I begin to paint the bright white paint onto the tops of them...I see how discolored they really are! Couldn't stop in the bathroom...so I am now freshening up other "white" paint in the house.
White is wonderful! When you come to my home, you would see white cabinets and trim. I think it is a crisp look against the colors on the walls, and of course...I think it looks clean. It is, however, labor intensive, as everything has to be kept wiped down and dusted. Although the white in my house IS white...it really isn't in comparison to the bright white it once was when it was first painted. Over time the dings from furniture and children and the dust and dirt have discolored the brilliance of the white. As it is juxtaposed with the blues and creams on the wall, it retains it color, but as the bumps and bruises are removed and a fresh washing of white is brushed over them...it becomes brilliant again!
My life is like that white paint. In comparison to the dark world that surrounds me, I appear to me clean and brilliant. It is only when the Father gently cleans the cobwebs and dust, and reveals the Perfection of Christ, that I see the stark reality of my dinginess! It is an ongoing pursuit to live in the light of Christ. To show forth HIS excellence is what I long for. To be a reflection of His Perfect love and grace. I know that even my dingy white can shine into the darkness as I strive to represent the Lord, but I long to have the dings and dust removed. To live as white as snow...to be clean and holy before the Lord. That can only be accomplished through HIS blood...
"though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as
snow;though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
"Many shall be purified, and made white..."
Isaiah 1:18 & Daniel 12:10a
If this dark world has left you dingy and banged up...run to the one who will wash you and paint HIS glory all over your life. Let Him make you a new creation. Let Him dust away the old...You will be white as snow...