Have you ever tried to clean a burned and blackened pot? I have. It was very difficult, frustrating and non-rewarding. My arms ached from the effort and each time I rinsed the pot, I saw remains of ugly stains. No amount of soaking could eradicate the mess. Finally, I looked at the pot and decided to just toss it in the garbage.
But as I lifted the lid to the trash, I looked at the pot and found I couldn’t toss it away. I was reminded of how God cleanses us from our blackest sins and forgives us. He doesn’t give up, nor does he toss us aside. He loves us and knows we have many good things to do before He calls us home. Isn’t that wonderful? Through our faith we are cleansed and our past sins have been paid for by the death of Jesus on the cross. He expects us to move forward and sin no more. We are human and probably we will fail in some capacity, but in His goodness and love for us, He forgives us our confessions.
So I looked at the pot and saw its flaws, but also the potential for many more meals. The “scars” didn’t diminish its usefulness. My pot is still in my cabinet and makes wonderful oatmeal and other savory dishes. Each time I pull it from the cabinet, I’m reminded of God’s love for me and my heart is happy.
“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 me to the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)