When I was a little girl we had “polishing day”. Back then when I heard the words calling from my momma’s lips you could see my eyes roll in the back of my head and subsequently hear the heavy sigh or deep scoff slide boldly from my mouth. Guaranteed there was a lot of work planned for those days.
Just the other day I pulled the silverware out and figured it was about that time. It had to be. I couldn’t remember the last time I had cleaned them.
The dread as I experienced as a child turned as an adult to nostalgic, meaningful and loving memories of that special time with my momma. You see, she’s been gone from this world for almost ten years now. Now it continues to be my time to continue with the duties, responsibilities and privileges she modeled for me and instilled in me as a child.
The supplies are few:
- Tarnished silverware, brass, copper, etc.
- Cleaning solution
- Cleaning cloth
- Polishing cloth
Oh, and I almost forgot …
Elbow grease, and a lot of it!
Let’s get started.
“They don’t look too bad.” I thought to myself and, Maybe I don’t really need to polish them today.?.” Oh, how the old thought patterns like to creep on. “No, today is the day. I am determined to knock this out.” And, so I did.
As I began to load the cleaning solution onto the rag and rub, rub, rub my eyes grew wide in shock. “Oh my gosh!” I gasped. I was alone in our kitchen and was absolutely mortified just how filthy they were. And we’ve been eating off these. Ick, gross.
My favorite part of this process is the polishing. After the cleaning solution has been applied and rubbed in, let it dry. Grab a clean dry cloth and begin to rub some more, buff and polish. The result may look something like this… clean, bright, glimmering …
After I took the photos I will be honest, I was a bit disappointed that the process wasn’t very noticeable at all. How could that be? The polishing cloths prove just how filthy the silver was.
Then it hit me. Polishing day is very much like our sin. Each day we come before our Lord and confess our every sin. In our day-to-day our sin may not be “that bad”, a white lie, an impure thought, losing my temper, withholding the truth or even a part of it, saying a bad word… After all, it’s not like I killed or hurt anyone, right? It’s not like I cheated, lied or stole anything, right?
He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV)
We create great distance between our Lord, King Jesus and ourselves when we sin. In the eyes of our Lord, my daily sin, your daily sin is just as great as the sins that make it on the headline news. They are just as great as the sins committed by those who are incarcerated, and those who are on death row.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
Our sin, no matter how big or how small will happily lead us to our very own “death-row” if it’s not dealt with and dealt with swiftly.
So, much like the silver I polished, in our day-to-day we may not even feel like we are that dirty or need cleaning. But the proof on the polishing cloth tells a very different story and paints a very different picture. Others may not visibly see it. We may not even feel it. Jesus, in His omnipotence, He knew of my sin and your sin before we even committed it. He sits not in judgement in a black robe with a heavy wooden gavel in His hand eagerly prepared to crack it in judgement. No, He waits ever so patiently, full of love, mercy and grace to wash us clean.
The blood of Jesus was shed on the hill of Golgotha that day for this very reason. Jesus died for you and for me so that our sins will be forgiven, and we may live with Him for eternity in Heaven.
How do you come clean and ask forgiveness from our King? A very good question indeed. God created you and He knows your heart better than you. Simply and innocently just come to Him. You don’t need fancy words or have graduated from seminary. You don’t need to scream, cry and throw yourself on the floor so sorry for all you’ve done… although God will take you any way you come. He just wants you to come. A simple asking to be forgiven will do. The fact that you lay it ALL at His feet is praise and worship to Him.
I don’t know about you, but for me today and every day I will remember polishing day in a completely fresh and new way. Every day I open the silverware drawer it reminds me. I may not look visibly sinful and dirty, but my heart must repent often so that I am forgiven of my sins.
I don’t want to ignore my sin for months and as a result have a polishing cloth ridiculously soiled and black as night. I want my daily polishing cloth to show only a small and barely traceable hint of tarnish.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Today is a new day. It can be a day of new habits, disciplines and attitudes. It just so happens to be Father’s Day and while my earthly poppa is in heaven with my Eternal Father, King Jesus I dedicate this piece to Him.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and to the mothers who are truly single parents because you are called to be the father too.
No matter what you’re facing today please know I am praying for you. I may not know you, your name or the details of your needs, but God does. He hears. He answers. He is faithful. Run to Him. He is waiting.
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Missy Williams; OneStoneAway.com
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