The Solution to Pollution (1 Corinthians 13:12)


“The solution to pollution is dilution.”

My chief resident in surgery used to quote this aphorism whenever we were operating. As a medical student, my solemn task was to make sure the operating field was free of blood and tissue so that the other surgeons could efficiently operate. I would hold an aspirator, a vacuum device, that would suck up the debris, and endeavour to keep the operating field clean. But sometimes, sterile saline would have to be added into the field to assist in the task. The saline would dilute the debris, making it easier to remove, and solve the problem. It would provide clarity.  “The solution to pollution is dilution.”

Clarity. We need to see clearly before we can start or complete a task. It may mean removing obstacles that hinder or distract our attention. It may mean letting go and stopping bad habits or sinful behaviors.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
1 Corinthians 13:12

God is very clear about what He requires of us. We need to come to His Son, Jesus Christ, and accept Him as Lord and Savior. In this life, we see things dimly and will not be able to see His entire plan for our lives. But the insight He gives is enough to know what we need to do to follow Him. And one glorious day, we will see Jesus face to face and all of God’s plans for our lives will never be clearer.

We carry many obstacles and debris that hinder our vision of God. We need His clearing and healing touch to give us clarity.

Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.