Why do we paint a room?
Sometimes we paint to freshen up a room, to revive it, to completely change the look and feel, etc. This can be both exciting and overwhelming. We head to the paint store, grab some sample color squares, take them home and begin the process of agonizing over the perfect color. As we hold up the new colors against the existing wall colors, they seem so fresh and clean and vibrant. Our existing walls seem so drab and ugly. Again, this is why we paint. We’re ready for a change. We’re ready for a new look.
But sometimes the real reason we paint is simply to cover up a plethora of smudges, scrapes, and scuffs. Some rooms have so many blemishes it’s almost embarrassing. And as you know, some of these marks on the walls tell a story. There’s the shoe imprint on that wall over there where your teenage son tried to “run” up the wall. There are the smudged fingerprints on the wall by the door where your other teenage son leaned after doing yard work. And on the ceiling, there are pale spots of chocolate which defied gravity the moment the blender was turned on without the lid while making a shake. So…we paint.
And though the process may be long, arduous, stressful, and unpleasant, the result is wonderful. Clean. Fresh. New look. New life.
Well, just like the walls of our homes, our hearts and souls have similar smudges, scrapes, and scuffs. And some of us have so many “blemishes” inside, it’s almost embarrassing. And yes, each mark tells a story—the lie we told, the failed job or relationship, the gossip or harsh criticism we passed on to another, etc. Unfortunately, we can’t “paint” our heart with the “perfect color,” but we can take our smudges and scrapes straight to the Master Creator and leave them there. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
God is the one who forgives. God is the one who cleanses. God is the one who purifies. God is the one who restores, refreshes, and redeems. Take the blemishes of your heart straight to Him. Allow Him to do a work in you and through you. The process may be long, arduous, stressful, and unpleasant, but the result is clean. It’s fresh. A new look. And new life!