A Walk in the Rain

This morning I took a walk in the rain. It was not a torrential downpour and there was no thunder or lightning involved. It was a gentle rain – the kind of rain that is easy to listen to because it seems to land almost apologetically on every surface and falls softer than a sigh. There is a cleansing property to rain as it wipes away the summer dust and brings freshness to the air. I could not help thinking as I walked in the rain, getting wet without really noticing or caring, that every human being craves cleansing. The dust of our lives piles up and we can do a decent job of pushing it to corners but we cannot find an adequate cleansing agent that will rid us of all our guilt, despair, and sin. Our dust does not wash off of us with a summer rain. When I was instructed as a child to clean my room I remember many times sweeping the dirt underneath my bed and piling the clutter in my closet – we do much the same in our lives. One of the cries of our heart is to find forgiveness – real forgiveness – a cleansing of our souls. We have searched, but there is nothing man-made that will offer this kind of cleansing. This kind of cleansing must be divine. Jesus knew of this cry of our heart and that is why he offered what no one else could give us – “In [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:7) When Christ is received not only do we get complete forgiveness of sins, but we also get his righteousness in its place. Talk about a complete cleansing of the soul!! I got back from my walk this morning thanking God for his cleansing and rejoicing with the words of Isaiah, “Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.”