Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Simple Pleasures: The Squeegee

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Today's chore, among other things, was to clean the bathrooms.

I hate cleaning the bathrooms.  Unfortunately, so does my  husband and since I am afraid of little girls mixing with chemicals, the task falls to me.

Recently we had to replace our shower and since we were already spending money, we thought we would spend a little more to do away with the mildewy shower curtain and replace it with some pretty glass doors.

Did you know that glass shower doors just add work to the bathroom routine?  Before, with the shower curtain, if I was feeling particularly industrious, I would spray on some Tilex and walk away.  Shower doors require infinitely more elbow grease, unless of course, you use the squeegee after every shower.  It's so easy and fast even my husband will do it.  Miraculous.

As I squeegeed this morning after my shower, I had a revelation.  I had both doors parallel to each other, so one side was fully open.  I squeegeed the door on the inside of the shower.  Away went the water droplets.  Away went the soap splatters.  As I stood up, I thought to myself how it looked like I had cleaned nary a drop.  The second door, the one slid behind the clean one, which had not been touched, made the first door look like it had not been squeegeed at all.

Then, I thought -- Jesus is like a squeegee. I ask Him to forgive me.  He does.  He washes me clean.  Not a speck of dirt left.  I am pure (for that moment anyway).  But there are many times that I cannot fully comprehend the fullness of His forgiveness because I still see the sin.  I still see my mistakes just as I see the water and soap scum on the other shower door.  There is the me that Jesus sees -- forgiven, grace-filled, washed clean.  Then there is the me that I see, one that never has her past too far from her, that still carries the memory of her sins in her heart, that is still speckled with soap scum and hard-water stains.

I wonder how my life would change if I saw myself as Jesus does, without that second door that still holds my sin and shame?  I wonder what I waste.  I wonder what I might be.  I wonder what chains might be broken.

I'm linking up with Dayle at Simple Pleasures.
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18 comments :

  1. Wonderful analogy! I couldn't live without my squeege in the bathroom. God is good!

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  2. Ah yes. To see myself as Jesus sees me. Wouldn't that be wonderful? or even as my husband sees me.
    We are truly loved and blessed by Him!

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  3. Oh Jen...how I wish I could see myself through His eyes,too. Lately it seems I only see the spots through my imperfect eyes. I have trouble believing that he is not saying, "Not again, Patty. Didn't we just deal with this issue?" Thank you for this timely analogy. You really spoke a word over me. Blessings, Patty

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  4. "But there are many times that I cannot fully comprehend the fullness of His forgiveness because I still see the sin." You have written the words that I have been thinking this last week. Have I truly embraced the freedom Jesus gives me or do I hide in the shadows because I think I'm not good enough.

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  5. I'm a squeegee lover! They make cleaning my bay windows so much easier. A wonderful simple pleasure, for sure! Beautiful analogy, as well. Thanks so much for linking up today.

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  6. What really good words Jen! Thank you for this meditation :-) blessings..Trish

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  7. Jesus is like a squeegee - I love that!!! And pretty much true

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  8. I'm using my squeegee today too. This will put my brain in a place I didn't think it would be when using it....thanks Jen!

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  9. Great post...thank you for sharing. I don't think I will ever look at a squeegee in the same light...

    Blessings~

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  10. Thanks for sharing ...Love your comparison to JESUS he cleans this ole gal up each day to try over again !!

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  11. I love this analogy,thank-you so much.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  12. Great analogy!!! And this post reminds me of living with my mother-in-law who DEMANDED the shower be squeegeed dry after every use. BAH! Worst ever. Who wants to squeegee a shower NAKED!? Not me!

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  13. How precious! You are looking for HIM in everything. :))) That is such a great reminder of his mercy & grace. Thanks for sharing. Joining you at Dayle's.

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  14. I love this analogy, Jen!

    It's perfect for someone like me who FIGHTS with a shower door which never, ever seems to come clean. I can relate to the impossibility/futility of me trying to do anything in my power to fix that.

    So Jesus as the squeegee? I totally get that!
    Like you, I wish that I could see myself as He sees me. I tend to compare myself to that aforementioned shower door. Sigh.

    BTW, how quickly can you get to Georgia with that squeegee?

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  15. Outstanding modern analogy of our state of grace. (I'm having a new shower installed...complete with new glass door. Still have the old squeegee!)

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  16. As a kid, when the gas station guy would squeegee the windshield, I thought it was the most magical thing in the world!

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  17. Jen, I think the Lord must be calling you into the ministry, I mean the preaching ministry sista! No joke, you astound me with some of your illustrations. They are amazing and so soul stirring. I have been richly blessed by this entry. You are amazing!

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  18. So much rich learning from a simple squeegie - -I love it! Love the way you work the metaphor here, Jen.

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