Washing the Soul . . .

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso

Even in Dallas we get our fair share of dust storms from west Texas. You can see it coming across the horizon in the west and the sky begins to turn a murky yellow. You have about 20 minutes to get where you are going and get everything buttoned up and shut in the house. 

The dust begins blowing through and it is worse than fog because it hurts if you are out in it. It stings and bites as it hits your face and your arms. You definitely should not try and breath and it will scratch your eyes if you allow it to hit your face unprotected. The dust storm will rage for awhile and slowly over the next six hours it will begin to lessen bit by bit. When it is over you are left with a dusty mess everywhere. The dust touches everything and coats it all. That is when you are ready for rain, but it usually does not follow the dust storms.

I think about dust and I think about sin. You can usually see it coming before you do something you should not. You weigh things in your mind and you know right from wrong, but you do it anyway. The dust of sin blows into your soul and body and fills every empty place with its cruel biting bits cutting away as it hits over and over again. When you choose to do something against God's law, you will suffer through it over and over and repercussions will echo throughout your life...sometimes for years. The sin touches everything just as the dust does in a dust storm...and you are left with a mess to clean up in your life. When you begin to waver or are tempted by something not worthy of the Lord, start praying...and don't stop until you are through the temptation. 

God can wash away the incoming dust storm and bring a soft rain to cleanse you. His renewal in your life is a saving grace. If you made the wrong choice, know He can hear your prayer even through the dust. 

"All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive." Psalm 22:29

Joy and Abundance