Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
When my kids were little, I remember bath time being so much fun, and truly, such a mess. Squeals and shouting and slaughtering and splashing. Some nights I don’t know that we got clean so much as we all got wet. As they got a little older, it was my responsibility to start teaching them how to bathe and make sure they were clean. For a while they relied on me to help them with the hard to reach places… behind their ears, that weird spot on your back that your arms can’t reach… the ones that without realizing it could get pretty dirty.
For a lot of us, our hearts are our hard to reach place. As toddlers we didn’t have any trouble expressing our wants and needs. As we got a little older, and as our emotions became a little more complex, it got harder to communicate. And as adults, for many of us, the nooks and crannies of our hearts have become clogged with the residue of unexpressed turmoil, pain and anxiety.
The beauty of our Lord is that He is a cleaner. Not only that, He knows all of our hard to reach places, because He was the One who sculpted them in the first place. He carefully carved out that hiding place in your heart and designed it in a way that only He can reach and clean out.
Just as any mother knows her child innately and knows the words to soothe each ache or fear, our Father created us to hear Him perfectly. I urge you, especially as we enter this holiday season that is sure to be full of activity and rushing, to spend a few minutes each day examining your heart’s hard to reach places and invite Him in to renew and purify them.