Sunshine. 50 degrees. Blue, cloudless skies. A gorgeous February day in Seattle. You can see the Olympic Mountains in the west and the Cascade Mountains in the east. There’s not many places prettier.
Unless, of course, you are looking at that view through dirty, spotted windows. Then the blessing of sunshine becomes a curse. The sunshine reveals the dirt hidden through a long, gray winter.
Which explains why I found myself atop an extension ladder this morning washing our windows. I got tired of the dirt and decided to remove it from my sight. It’s amazing how much clearer and prettier the world looks when you clean your windows.
For the same reason, I washed my car this week. When I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark and it is gray and rainy all day long, I don’t notice the dirt. But when the sun came out, I realized, “Yuck!” (My motivation was helped because I was doing a funeral and did not want to drive up to the graveside service in a filthy car.)
One of the properties of sunshine is that it reveals dirt. The closer you get to the light, the more you see the dirt. The same thing is true of relationship with God.
The apostle John described God by saying, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). As we grow in our relationship with God, we become more aware of the dirt in our lives. The brightness of his holiness exposes how unholy we really are. We need someone to wash the windows of our soul, as it were. Fortunately for us, God offers to do that on a regular basis, provided we acknowledge the spots, dirt, and sin. “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).
Is it time to wash your windows?