How to See God through the Grit and Grime of Life

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Matthew 5:8

Nothing is more refreshing on a parched tongue than a glass of pure, cool water. But imagine turning on your faucet

to find water that is murky and brown. Water that is impure…dirty…contaminated…would you still drink it?

Just as drinking polluted water is damaging to the body, drinking spiritual water laced with the poison of pride and pessimism is a concoction of death.

Drinking the muddied waters of selfishness and sin will contaminate our hearts and blur our ability to see God.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 

So how do we really see God? How do we have hearts that are pure, clean, unmixed and untainted by the world around us?


Think of the blind man in John 9. Jesus did a very unusual thing to bring about this man’s physical sight.

He spit on the ground and made mud with his saliva. (Yes, even Jesus made mud pies!) Then Jesus told him to do something that seemed a bit bizarre.

“Go,” he told him,

“wash in the Pool of Siloam” (John 9:7).

Do you find it interesting that Jesus didn’t just heal him on the spot? Why did he go through the work of making mud and telling the man to go and wash in the pool?

And how would the blind man even get to the pool in the first place—he was still blind!

Jesus will always provide our healing, but he gives us a part to play in the process of our purification. The pathway to a pure heart takes place when we go and wash; when we purge our hearts and minds of the impurities from this world.

The blind man washed in the pool and “came home seeing” (John 9:7).

Like the blind man, Jesus is telling us to go and wash. The healing is already ours, but he gives us a part to play in the cleansing process.

Our job is to wash our hearts and minds with the pure water of God’s word.


How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your Word.
Psalm 119:9 (NLT)

Wash yourself at the pool of God’s pure, precious Word. Let your heart become a holy filter, allowing the refreshing Living Water in, keeping the grit and grime of sin out.

The formerly blind man did not actually see Jesus face to face until later in the story. Until after the unbelieving church leaders kicked him out of the temple for proclaiming the divinity of Jesus, his healer.

Jesus later found him and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is he, sir?” tell me so that I may believe in him.
Jesus said, “You have now seen him…”

Then the spiritual eyes of the man were then opened…

“Lord, I believe,”
and he worshiped him (John 9:38).

Ladies, it’s time for our spiritual vision to be renewed.

Jesus is calling…

Go and wash.

Wash the dirt and grime from your eyes.
Wash the robes of your sin and shame in the pool of his refreshing love.
Trade in your garments of pain for his sparkling garments of praise.
Then you will see your Savior face to face…and worship at his feet.

But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope purifies himself, just as he is pure.
1 John 3:2-3

Don’t you just love God’s word? I pray that you will see glimpses of his face more and more clearly each day! Tell me what you think of this post in the comments below, and please share with a friend!

Much love,


Sometimes it can be difficult to see God through the grit and grime of life. But one way to see Christ more clearly is to go and wash the grit from your eyes. Find out more by reading this post!


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