Nearly fifteen years ago when I bought my Toyota, we were new to the valley, and I picked a color for my car that looked like Arizona sand. I have loved this car, and even though it never looked classy with the tan color, I didn’t have to wash it very often. Mostly I used a California mop on it to get the dust off. When I picked out my new Kia, there were no Arizona dust colors, so I settled for white. Today I washed it for the first time and realized it will need to be washed more often than my old Toyota. “A slave to my car,” I thought, but I like the color otherwise.
I learned a lesson from washing my car today. Nothing in life stays snow-white or shiny. Too many things get in our way and we muddy up our lives. Just as washing my car, I need to soak my soul in a laundry tub to come out clean. This can be done in two ways–one, on my knees praying, and the other by humbly asking for forgiveness for shameful ways.
I’ll be out in my driveway in a couple more weeks washing my car. While I wash away the dirt I’ll praise God for accepting my petitions to be cleansed and, hopefully, I will stay clean for at least a moment or two.
Lord, help me live a snow-white life. Amen.