What a rainy day today! It reminded me how my windshield wipers were not working right as they swooshed to and fro. The last time I had used them with the wiper fluid on dirt, they had merely smeared the dirt only where I needed to see!
I took heed to the reminder and ran to the local auto place to purchase new wipers. The employee was wonderful! He even came all the way outside and put the wipers on for me! There needs to be more people like that in this world.
Analogy 1. On the way home I recalled having read a "e-mail forward" about windshield wipers and began reflecting on any analogies my windshield may hold. Here it is: "One rainy afternoon I was driving along one of the main streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads are wet and slick. Suddenly, my son Matthew spoke up from his relaxed position in the front seat. "Mom, I'm thinking of something." This announcement usually meant he had been pondering some fact for a while and was now ready to expound all that his seven-year-old mind had discovered. I was eager to hear. "What are you thinking?" I asked. "The rain," he began, "is like sin. And the windshield wipers are like God, wiping our sins away."After the chill bumps-raced up my arms, I was able to respond, "That's really good, Matthew." Then my curiosity broke in. How far would this little boy take this revelation? So I asked, "Do you notice how the rain keeps on coming? What does that tell you?" Matthew didn't hesitate one moment with his answer. "We keep on sinning and God just keeps on forgiving us."
The story teaches us that God wipes away our sins just like the windshield wipers wipe away our sins. The rain (our sins) never stops bombarding us and we are in constant need of God to continually wipe away all of our sins. I just love that analogy!
Analogy 2. In my case, I had a big smear in front of my face when I had bad wipers. I could not see clearly which way to go. If we replace the bad wipers with good wipers (God's Word), we will be shown the way and have a clear view.
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4
Anology 3. A third analogy is to reflect on the windshield itself. It protects us from bugs of evil, rain of troubles, and winds of hopelessness. How many times in life have I exclaimed, "whew, that was a near miss, that just HAD to be God." For all those near misses we give God credit for, how many more do we never know of which He shields us from?
But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:3