Washing Away Shame
I feel like there is a stirring starting to happen of sediment that has been allowed to settle. There was such a clear picture that I got when we had the time with the Holy Water and the water touched my face. I realised that I had a lot of shame attached to my face because of teenage acne. But on a deeper level, He showed me that my face is what the world sees, it’s the representation of my identity and it wasn’t only my physical face that I had wanted to conceal (make up and any other means of hiding) but also my identity. I did not want to be inspected, scrutinised and observed in case all of my “spots” would stand out and be on display for the world to see. As the Holy Water touched my face, the water of the Word cleansed my skin and my spots were cleared. I felt the tingling of the salt and it was very significant. As I was journaling later, He led me to this scripture:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
(Ephesians 5:25-27 NASB)
That picture and understanding of being cleansed has been profound and I think the Lord will continue to expand on that picture. I just wanted to share this small yet significant testimony with you.