I still remember the day I found a foam orange heart in my washer. I knew in that moment God was speaking to me.
My heart needed a good washing. And God was giving me one alright.
Years later I’m remembering this moment all over again. Why? Because it’s been one of those weeks. I’ve had one thing after another come at me.
*A nail in my husband’s tire on a day he had to travel to Denver, leaving me with the job of going to get it repaired.
*A teenage girl rear-end my car on the way to buy my girl shoes. Luckily just a scratch.
*My son forgot his lunch on a day I had a writing deadline. Why today?
*Got a call from a family member informing me of a devastating, frightening experience. The news reopened a deep wound in me. There is such evil in this world.
*Then we discovered a crack in our sprinkler line. Again. After we spent $500 this summer replacing old parts.
You get the picture, right? All the makings for me to develop a dirty heart.
Anger. Irritation. Discouragement. Grief. Tears. Ranting and whining. Feeling helpless for loved ones. Tired and weary. Not in the mood for friends or family. Wanting to be alone and go back to bed. Ignoring my phone ring. Needing a serious break. Calgon, take me away.
The truth is I always need a good heart washing to keep me from growing bitter and cold. So today I pause to pray:
Father God, take my heart and wash it clean.
Remove my sins that keep me from experiencing life to the full.
Cover me with the fragrance of Your goodness and grace.
Rub away any resistant stain that makes me unclean.
Make me like new again.
Thank You, LORD, for always being willing to get Your hands dirty.
Thank You that my heart is safe in Your strong Hand.
Your wash cycle is gentle, never too abrasive.
Even though sometimes I prefer being smelly,
I know the best thing for me is a good heart washing.
Please help me submit to the process without complaint.
When dirt is thrown in my face, help me run to You for a good cheek wiping.
Don’t let my emotions muddy my view of You and Your Word.
Help me see You and others through the lens of love.
Dirty or not, my heart is always safe with You.
You accept and love me as I am.
Thank You, LORD. Thank You for a good heart washing when I need it most.
Like right now.
I love You, Jesus.
Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Psalm 51:7(MSG)
Tiffany, who always is doing some sort of laundry – Tea with Tiffany