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If You wash me, I will be whiter than snow.
How similar is this description of a burning passion for spiritual cleanliness to a special needs mother's deep longing for the physical freshness of a shower! So much seems to be beyond our own control, no matter how much we will it to be different. We need a Savior! Our only true hope for renewal is found in Christ alone.
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! (NKJV)
The next time you find yourself suffering long, away from the refreshment of a shower because of the demands of raising your child with special needs, whisper a prayer of thanks to your Maker. He doesn't just offer you the spiritual equivalent of bath-in-a-bag, but provides instead a long, soothing, thorough cleansing of all your filth. That is a hopeful comfort big enough to carry you far beyond today's bath, into all eternity.
PRAY: Jesus, thank You for offering Your life as the ultimate detergent for my sinful soul. I am completely imperfect. Yet, I come to you with a humble and loving heart asking You to continue to wash me clean and renew my soul.
~ Barb Dittrich