Getting rid of the grime

Our house has a nice, curvy-shaped cement patio in the backyard where we often sit from May until September. Over the 18 years that we’ve lived at the house, the patio cement has slowly darkened from air, rain, and snow soot. It happened so gradually that I hardly even noticed. My oldest sister was coming up from Arizona to visit for several days recently and as part of the pre-visit scurrying, my wife asked me to rent a pressure washer to clean up the patio.

I had never used a pressure washer before. I drove to one of the local Home Depots that rents out tools and equipment and picked up a gas-powered pressure washer. It was fairly easy to hook-up and start and I was blasting the grime off of the patio cement in no time. The pressure washer did a fantastic job! What a difference! See the before and after photos above. After I was finished, I wrestled the heavy pressure washer back into the trunk of our small VW Jetta, securing it once again with lots of nylon twine, and returned it to Home Depot and gladly paid the $60 charge.

Like other aspects of house and yard work that I’ve written about in the past, cleaning the patio cement brought to mind a spiritual lesson. We may accumulate sinful attitudes, habits, and behaviors in our lives. We need to regularly evaluate our Christian walk in light of God’s Word and repent and confess our sins to the Lord. Scripture has a cleansing effect. I think of Ephesians 5:26 which speaks of “the washing of water with the word.” Although we are born-again through the Savior, Jesus Christ, we still retain our sin nature. We need to be in God’s Word daily so that the Holy Spirit will reveal to us where we’re getting spiritually “grimy” so we can repent and go to God to confess.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:5-10

22 thoughts on “Getting rid of the grime

  1. Hallelujah so VERY true!!!
    RE: Your patio: LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!
    I power washed our house and porch a couple of years ago- that grime can splats all over a “guy”! I was wearing Gil flops-grime got on my foot! So when I was finished I thought I’ll just “spray” my feet off! 😂😂😂
    I only “sprayed” one foot -and could have easily power washed it off the end of my leg!!
    Lesson learned 😂😂😂

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Yup, I also had grime splattered all over my feet and legs and was tempted to spray them with the power washer, but thought that might be a little painful. Glad you still have your foot!

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  2. Your patio looks brilliant Tom! My husband has been building a patio since he retired and it’s just completed this summer. Now he’s inviting the inlaws to a barbecue so I know what you mean by pre-visit “scurrying…” He started power washing the side of the house one day and I simultaneously opened the kitchen window so got drenched. Anyway, maybe I needed it… That’s a good spiritual analogy you have… yes, things can slowly get grimy but I honestly feel it doesn’t have to be this way. The same Lord’s power to save us at the outset of our journey with Him is still available to keep us on the straight and narrow path that leads to Home. I heard someone say that 1 John 1 must also be read with 1John 2. It is good to know that the whole journey of our daily walk with Him is by faith in the risen Saviour… not through efforts of our own.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope you can post a photo of your new patio someday!
      I certainly agree with you that the Christian journey is by faith in the One Who saved and seals us, but of course we can cave to temptations, small and large.

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  3. Power wash indeed! We so often need the powerful Living waters to flow over us and hopefully, flow through us!
    While we’re considering these object lessons, looks like your lovely wife in the first pic. Wife points out flaws and dirt, husband comes faithfully with ‘power wash’ to cleaner and renew!
    Just sayin….🙂

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth!

      RE: lovely wife in the first pic…points out flaws and dirt, husband comes faithfully with ‘power wash’ to cleaner and renew!

      Ah, very observant of you. Yes, that is my lovely wife supervising the job and checking one item off of her (meaning my) long to-do list. 😞

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  4. Looks good and I like how you made an illustration out of something that seems so mundane. I have used a pressure washer many times and that has never come to mind, now it will.

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      1. They come to me at times as well, just never when pressure washing.

        Recently I read that people should take a few minutes each day to write down what they experienced that day. This will get people to think in terms of stories. Maybe I will give that a try.

        Anyway, good post, I enjoyed reading it.

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      1. Yup, the guy at the Home Depot rental dept. would know what I meant if I said “power washer,” but I think your term is probably “more correct.”

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  5. Answering your question: Today was full of errands with car, then with trying to figure out the jury duty for a missionary; going to the courthouse is always a hassle it seems more than the iRS lol. Going to read this now

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  6. The before and after picture shows a difference! What a spiritual lesson you drew from this; yes the Word sanctifies like nothing else, it also change our desire and appetites over time for the things of God after you see the glory of God, His Word and His Gospel!

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  7. Thanks Tom, for sharing your power wash adventure. I really enjoyed your post and the lovely photo of your wife. When we lived in Pennsylvania we had someone do the side of our house and the wooden deck in the back. At one point we bought a small power washer and Billy did the stoop and walkway in front. And thanks for that good spiritual analogy!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! That was an enjoyable adventure with a good outcome. That hasn’t always been the case when I’ve rented equipment. Yup, the power washer is an amazing tool.

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