DayBreaks for 6/13/17: The Amazing Extent of Dirt
From the DayBreaks archive, 2007:
I don’t know about where you live, but unless you live in one of those “bubbles” or a clean-room environment in a medical or scientific lab, well, there’s just dirt everywhere. I remember when the first floppy drives came out…they were very large (much larger than the 3-1/4” ones later on) and didn’t hold much data. The company I was working for was quick to add them to our products for backup purposes (this was before CD’s, etc.), and we struggled with them because even a tiny speck of dust could cause the disk drive heads to crash and ruin data. The introduction of Winchester disk technology was a real boon to the computer industry, because they used sealed disks that dirt couldn’t get into.
How I wish that my mind was of Winchester technology! It seems that the “dirt” (not the material kind, but the sinful kind) gets into my mind way too easily. And, just like the dirt in your kitchen, it’s hard to get out.
In his book, Hearing God, Dallas Willard contemplates this problem and how the dirt of the world that gets into our mind can hinder our hearing of God. What, for example, is your first reaction when you hear a siren passing by? When you have car trouble, how long does it take before you take the matter to God? Does our mind spontaneously return to God and His things when it’s not intensely occupied with things of work or school? After all, the needle of a compass returns to true north…and if God is our “true north”, our minds should turn to Him, too. Our answers to those kind of questions could be an indicator to us of how our mind is so firmly entrenched in false ways.
He notes that we’re still so very much like the world of Isaiah’s days (55:9-10): We wait for light, and lo! There is darkness; and for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope like the blind along a wall, groping like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among the vigorous as though we were dead.
Why is this the case? Willard suggests: “This is all because our minds – perhaps our very brains – need to have the false thoughts and habits washed out of them. They so badly need to be washed that we rarely understand what life would be like if they were cleansed, and many of us do not even sense the need for cleansing.”
Remember when your mom talked about washing your mouth out with soap? Maybe it’s time that we pray fervently that our Father will wash our minds out with the Spirit!
Romans 12:2 (NIV) – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 8:5-6 (NLT) – Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for the washing that leads us to cleansing. We ask you today to wash our minds, for we give you permission to make them over in whatever way you see fit. Take the dirt out that so easily contaminates us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>