This is the second part of my ‘shower’ story. The first is in “Hot and Cold Running Water”.
I was in the shower, having this great talk with God about a meeting I was to attend. Some people sing, but I think and pray. I was thinking the water had a calming effect, but realized it was just the presence of God. He really is everywhere, ready for us to acknowledge Him.
I opened the shower door and started to step out when I realized I had not rinsed my face. What a weird thing! That’s always the first thing I do – wash my face. I stepped back in, turned the water back on and heard clear as day, “I can’t wash your sins away until you forgive.” WOW is an understatement.
It’s always a blessing to hear from God, but this day, He really got me. I knew just what He was talking about. A subject I had been avoiding in my conversations with Him. But I got it. Standing there, letting the water rinse the soap from my face, I prayed for help to forgive the situation that had been laying heavy on my heart. Before I left the shower, the soap was not the only thing that went down the drain.
Forgiveness is sometimes a hard thing for me. There have been times in my life when the unthinkable has happened, but as I look back, Jesus was there at every turn. Even before I knew Him, He was there. The most important thing I have learned about forgiveness is that you can’t get it if you don’t give it. And even when I don’t deserve it, God gives it to me anyway.