One of the most prominent features of the Portland skyline is the Oregon Convention Center with twin towers stretching 260 feet above the complex.

Shortly before the center was completed, however, its impressive jade-green glass towers suddenly posed a problem that threatened to delay the opening of the $90 million project. Apparently, back in the design stages, no one stopped long enough to ask, "How is anybody going to clean these glass towers?" It wasn't until construction was well under way that someone recognized the problem. Standard window-washing systems couldn't handle the job. So a Los Angeles-based engineering firm was hired to figure out a way to keep the twin spires from becoming permanently dirty and discolored.

Thankfully, God thought about the problem of cleansing our hearts long before He created Adam and Eve. And He knew exactly what He was going to do to cleanse us thoroughly, even though the drama of redemption wasn't played out in human history for several thousand years.

Illustration taken from:
 Luis Palau's book, How to Renew Your Spiritual Passion, Discovery House, 1995.