“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” Acts 3:19
Every year, I go to the store where my husband bought my wedding ring to be inspected and cleaned. The jeweler inspects the ring, to make sure nothing is damaged and then steam cleans the ring to its original brilliance. Everyday life has its way with my wedding ring. Despite the cleaning I provide it in between visits to the store, it never looks as good as it does when they take care of it. The dirt and grime my ring seems to collect needs that steam cleaning to look clean and shiny again. This goes for our lives too. We need a good steam cleaning from God.
Everyday life has its way with our souls too. The sins we commit, the gunk we go through makes us very weary. We become empty. We are tired. We are broken, so broken we wonder if God can fix us. He wants to do more than help, he wants to fill us up and refresh us beyond our understanding.
I have had these thoughts that if God wanted to refresh me, He should go right ahead. Yet, I am learning that He needs that invite from me. He needs to have an open way. I constantly close Him off, by busyness and self-reliance. I keep holding on to the junk from the day and festering in its aftermath. When I am at that point of desperation and submit all that I am, God takes over. His love and grace are refreshing to my soul. My heart leaps for Him. Sometimes, it takes feeling so desperate that you can finally see He wants to carry our burdens and restore us. There was a time that I needed to feel refreshed, my friend said, “Every stripe Jesus took was for us. It was so He could carry those burdens, not us.” What a sobering and comforting thought! May we all be refreshed today.
“Dear Heavenly Father, have your way with my life. Forgive me of my sins and the ones I am unaware of. Reveal those areas in my life that need to be cleansed. Remove the excess, remove the unnecessary. I thank you that your love overflows my heart and gives me refreshment. Thank you for your protection from the fiery darts of the enemy. I pray nothing will crush my soul anymore. I pray for strength in times of trouble. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”