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.
5 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. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 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. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 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