To think about taking a bath out in front of a group of people whom you may or may not know does not sound very pleasing to most people. However, in Biblical times, that was something done quite often. Of course, it was not co-ed, but still . . .
Well . . . I took a public bath on Sunday – and it WAS in front of quite a few people. Some I knew, some I didn’t.
Now, listen to me carefully, it’s not what you’re thinking – this bath was one of the deepest, most cleansing things to have ever happened to me! Let me explain it through The Word of God:
Ephesians 5:26 says, “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with the water through the word.”
This verse is speaking about a husband with his bride. We (Christians) are the bride of Christ. My bath was a spiritual bath, a cleansing of the soul. Even though I’ve been walking with the Lord for over 43 years, my Husband – Christ – KNEW I needed a bath, and it did not matter who was there or not!
Psalms 147:18 says, “He sends His word and melts them; He stirs up His breezes, and the waters flow.”
This verse depicts ‘how’ it came to be that I decided to plunge into this bath – regardless of the fact that I was not alone. God’s Word melted me – that is the only way to describe how I felt inside – things that I had held inside (that thought I had dealt with – rape, incest, abuse) simply started to melt away. And His water started flowing, making His complete washing available for me to enter into and receive His loving tender cleansing, refreshing, renewing RESTORATION.
How glorious it is to be cleansed by the Lord! In fact, it reminds me of a song I learned as a child, which goes something like this: “I’m so happy, and here’s the reason why, Jesus took my burdens all away, now I’m singing as the days go by, Jesus took my burdens all away.”
Was this ‘public bath’ a place where others could see my soul’s nakedness? Most likely.
Could they see the weeping that I could not control take all these deep hidden wounds, and wash them away? Undoubtedly. (I was a blubbering mess, to be quite honest.)
Did I make a public spectacle out of myself? By human standards, probably; but God’s Spirit was so very heavy in that place that I was unaware of others around me, and I’m convinced that they were most likely experiencing something similar.
My opinion of this public bath I took? One word – GRATEFUL – and three words, “Thank You, Lord!”
Will you allow Him to wash YOU with His Word? Will you allow Him to melt away those hidden things? I tell you this, dear ones, if you are willing – He will meet you there and you, too, may step in and be cleansed.
(c) klh 4Given Ministries – February 2014