A Little Spit and Polish

When I think about Heaven, I think of how pure it is there…and I think of how we have no idea how messy it really is here. We know things are bad when things in this world go awry, but what about on an ordinary day? When the birds are singing and the sun is shining? Do we realize we are still only living in a shadow of what is to come? That the colors, and the smells, and the sounds of Heaven will be so astounding compared to here? They will be! And all the tainted things of this world, and all the aches and pain, and all the crud will be washed away.

It makes me think about a car wash—the drive-through kind. There we sit in our grimy car waiting to be washed clean. In just a few minutes, we will be driving out the other side almost spotless. It’s so quick, so easy. Jesus is waiting to do the same for each one of us. He is willing to wash us clean with His blood, so we can go through the gates of Heaven, coming out the other side completely spotless! Maybe only then will we fully realize how, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” Psalm 84:10 (NIV)

My dad and I went for a walk a bit ago. Dad, who is living with us sometimes now, wanted to head out in a different direction today. He was trying out his new walking sticks. (Yes, I got the idea from my friend in a previous SAND Room writing.) As we headed out towards the gate that would lead us onto the Iron Horse Trail, we spotted a pile of junk. And in that pile of junk were two counter-height chairs! Just what I have been looking for! I had my sister on the hunt at garage sales for these. I have been in consignment shops looking, too. The hunt is over! These will work! But they needed a “car wash” in the worst way!!

I carried them back home, and after our walk I got to work on the chairs. With a lot of spit and polish, they are practically “gleaming.” I’m excited about what God has provided today! I am grateful! But it makes me think about our own grime. I told my dad the owners would be shocked if they could see their chairs now. He replied, “I think so. They threw away something that didn’t need to be thrown away.” We are living in a world that has seen better days. We are living in bodies that have seen better days. We try to keep our world cleaned up with some “spit and polish” along the way. But as our pastor says, “We are polishing the Titanic.” Things look pretty good on a good day, but it falls so short of what God is preparing for us in a New Heaven and New Earth. (Revelation 21:1)

In Searching And Noticing the Divine, we can take heart. Car washes clean our cars, and upholstery cleaner spruces up our furniture—but what about us? The enemy will tell us we should be thrown away—that our sin is filthy, and we are hopelessly lost. Satan would like us to be thrown away. But Jesus can restore us! He does amazing work!! One day, all who call Him, Savior, will be shining bright in Heaven! To God be the glory!