A Clean Heart

At the beginning of this month my car got too hot and long story short I needed a new radiator. The next week my car would no longer start. Long story short, new starter. When I got my car back after the starter was replaced I noticed it had a sluggish take off from a stop position. I drove the car for several days in the Dallas area with a car that hesitated to take off at every stop light, stop sign, slow moving traffic. My wife’s uncle asked if I knew what the problem was and I had some thoughts yet I did nothing about it.

After getting back to San Angelo and finishing Sunday responsibilities I got home and did began taking apart the air filter as well as the the airflow sensor. I took the air flow sensor off and sprayed it down with some mass airflow sensor cleaner. I already had some on my shelf. I let it sit for about twenty minutes as I set up the telescope to look at the wolf blood moon. I then hooked everything back up and took it out for a drive.

I tested the car for about five minutes and noticed a huge difference. The care no longer was hesitant or sluggish plus the idle was no longer rough. It been a week now and it’s been acting fine.

I told my wife’s uncle I believed this was the problem yet I waited four days before doing anything about it. Why? Why didn’t I go out and buy the stuff and fix my car a lot sooner? Because I doubted myself.

I’m not a mechanic but from what I understand the sensor allows the right amount of oxygen to enter the engine but when It gets dirty or just a small speck of dust gets on it hesitation and sluggishness ensues.

Our lives are like the mass airflow sensor. When sin attaches itself to us we begin to act different. Sin begins to take control and we begin to push ourselves farther away from God. Examine your life like the psalmist in the following psalm and let it be your prayer.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:1-12

Tony Valdez