(There is something about moving and then heading right into the Christmas season that has shoved my writing to the backburner…I will get back into a routine, I will get back into a routine….For now, here is a devotion I have written for a book of devotions I hope to someday have published. It’s a joint collaboration between my brother and me. Check out his awesome illustration! You can find his work at www.keithnelsonarts.com and http://www.kazzoinks.com.)
Psalm 51:7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. NIV
“The sun is out!” Michael exclaimed. He shoveled in his pancakes and went to find James. It had been rainy all week, and the boys were tired of being stuck in the house.
They excitedly pulled on their rain boots and hurried outside. It didn’t take them long to make their way down to the creek behind the house. It was full of water from all the rain, and there was plenty of mud too. The boys decided to start digging for worms. They knew the wet, mushy ground was the best place to find them.
James was the first to get down on his hands and knees and start digging. He was soon covered with mud up to his elbows, and Michael quickly got just as dirty. They didn’t care. They played happily, letting the wet dirt soak into their shorts and t-shirts. After an hour or two, they both had a handful of worms and mud in their eyebrows and ears.
As they walked home to find plastic containers for their worms, the sun started to dry the mud on their skin. It kind of hurt when the mud dried in their hair, and it pinched their skin a little as it dried on their legs. When their mom saw them walking across the lawn, she started laughing. “You two look like mud-monsters with hands full of worms. Find a place for your worms, and come over by the garage so I can hose you off,” she said.
When the boys were ready, she unwound the hose and turned on the water. As they watched the mud run off of their skin and down the driveway with the spray of the water, their mom asked, “Do you know what this reminds me of?”
“A big mud puddle?” asked James.
“No, but that water is starting to look like a mud puddle, isn’t it,” she said. “What it makes me think of is how Jesus washes away our sins. Our sins are kind of like the mud you have all over you, and when we ask Jesus to forgive our sins, he rinses them all away and makes us clean.”
As the boys watched the dirty water run down the street, they decided it felt pretty good to be clean.
How do you feel when you wash off a lot of dirt?
Have you asked Jesus to forgive your sins?