Washed Clean

I walked outside early this evening after the 2 hour thunderstorm was over. As I walked down the steps from our deck onto the ground level, I was almost knocked over by the scent of nature's aroma of earthiness.  It was a natural, raw, real smell of dirt and grass, mulch and plants that seemed to have been masked by weeks of dry, dusty, hot conditions. Everything was washed clean, bathed and reveling back to it's real self. My dog seemed to stand there in a trance-like state, watching me as I sniffed the air, something that is usually HIS most important job! Everything seemed to have sprung back to life, as if it had been asleep or dormant under several weeks' worth of pine dust and dirt. 

I came inside later and looked up the Bible's reference to rain, cleansing and bathing...Here are a couple of passages referencing those ideas:

(Regarding ceremonial cleansing) 2 Kings 5:10-14 (The Message) 

Elisha sent out a servant to meet him with this message: “Go to the River Jordan and immerse yourself seven times. Your skin will be healed and you’ll be as good as new.” Naaman lost his temper. He turned on his heel saying, “I thought he’d personally come out and meet me, call on the name of God, wave his hand over the diseased spot, and get rid of the disease. The Damascus rivers, Abana and Pharpar, are cleaner by far than any of the rivers in Israel. Why not bathe in them? I’d at least get clean.” He stomped off, mad as a hornet. But his servants caught up with him and said, “Father, if the prophet had asked you to do something hard and heroic, wouldn’t you have done it? So why not this simple ‘wash and be clean’?”

So he did it. He went down and immersed himself in the Jordan seven times, following the orders of the Holy Man. His skin was healed; it was like the skin of a little baby. He was as good as new.

(Regarding spiritual cleansing) Psalm 51:2 (NIV) 

Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.   AND Psalm 51: 10-12 (NIV)

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

(Regarding ridding of evil traits) 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV)

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

Where does your life need cleansing? What needs to be washed away in order for your life to smell new again, to be fresh and real? Lots to ponder...

Andrea Heshmati

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