I hired a friend who is also semi-retired to help me wash the windows at my home. Having two people helps when it comes to big plate glass windows that you want to make sure are really clean on both sides.
I confess that it has been a few years since those windows were done properly but what a difference! My back yard has fairly dense woods on two sides, so it is like looking out into a small park. I love to sit out there and enjoy nature without the bugs or heat (or cold) to bother me! It is my favorite place to entertain a guest or two because they can also enjoy the outdoors for a few hours with me.
My front porch is screened (no bugs) but I have yet to tackle the cleaning project because it is still covered with our recent pollen invasion that happens every spring. I will sit out there in the early morning as soon as I get it cleaned up!
Years ago, I started to notice a haze in my day time vision and finally had it checked out, only to find out that I was not going to be able to wait until I turned 65 to have cataract surgery. Again, once the surgery was done, I could hardly believe the difference in my vision. I could see clearly with very little assistance from glasses.
Those who have lost their sight or whose sight is diminished from age or disease understand the preciousness of good eye sight. Can you imagine being born blind and never having the pleasure of the many sights that we take for granted?
Jesus demonstrated God’s love for His creation by healing those who had different kinds of infirmities including blindness. Numerous examples are reported by the gospel writers of Jesus’ compassion for the infirmed. He even healed a man that was born blind. His disciples wanted to know if it was the man’s sin or his parent’s sin that cause this blindness and Jesus told them, neither one. He went on to say that God would receive glory from this healing. And yet the religious leaders could only focus on the fact that many of His healings took place on the Sabbath and according to them that was not permissible.
In fact, one of the main reasons they hated Him so much and wanted to kill Him was the fact that He did things that did not line up with their theology and doctrines. The only people Jesus challenged during His time of ministry were the religious leaders. He had compassion and understanding for the multitudes, the known sinners and anyone who sincerely wanted to know the truth.
But He had little tolerance for those who He addressed as “blind guides” and “those who cannot see.” With the exception of Nicodemus and a few others, a majority of those who should have known and recognized who He was, rejected Him. They were unable to see what the prophets declared over and over again in the Old Testament. Over 300 specific words were attributed to the coming Messiah and those who had studied and known the scriptures would not allow themselves to believe that these prophecies referring to their long awaited Deliverer was in their midst performing miracles.
Some of the prophetic words were cloaked in mystery, so they were not as clear as others, but there were plenty of them that could only be attributed to Messiah. Even His own disciples stumbled over many things that happened during the time they were with Jesus. They were expecting a deliverer, not a sacrificial lamb. Even when He spoke plainly to them about some of the things that would soon take place, they could not receive what Jesus was plainly telling them. Their religious mindset could not separate the two comings of Jesus and many still cannot today.
The car I just bought a few weeks ago has a faulty windshield wiper that I need to replace. It does not clean my whole window, leaving some areas hard to see through, especially if it is raining hard. However, my newly-cleaned picture windows allow me to see much more clearly the details of what is in my back yard (they were really dirty!) Clear vision is not only important in some situations, but it is also pleasurable.
I think many of us have a layer of “religious dirt” on our hearts and minds which keeps us from seeing clearly. We may have bias or we may have sin in our lives that prevent us from seeing as clearly as we need to see. I am so glad my friend was willing to help me get my windows sparkling again. I am sitting here now looking out at the beauty which I can see much more clearly.
The Lord offers us to come to Him any time we need to be washed. His Word “washes” us. His blood “cleanses” us. In Old Testament times there were many washing rituals that needed to be followed because Jesus Had not yet died and Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out, but that is no longer true. He offers full and complete cleansing and when you apply the blood or His Word, you are not only cleansed but many times you are enlightened and can now “see” clearly the truth.
Let me quote a few scriptures to conclude. 2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having therefor these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from a filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”
There are many more scriptures in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that promise us cleansing and can put us back into a place to be able to see clearly once again. I encourage you if things are hazy and unclear in your life, to ask the Lord to wash you with His Word and His blood. Seeing clearly in these days will help you navigate through the maze of evil and confusion that would try to get you off of the path of life.