Have you ever read the Pumpkin Patch parable? My boys love that book. It is all about how a farmer (Jesus) reaches down, picks out a special pumpkin from his garden, scoops out all the messy "goo" to make room for His light to shine inside.
I think about that book every year when people are buying and carving pumpkins. Scooping out all the slimy, gooey, yucky gunk that is on the inside. I wonder if that in any way resembles what Jesus has to take out of us when we come to Him and ask Him to forgive us of our sins. When I think of some of the things I have done in my life, I hate to think of all the gunk it probably left in my heart. I know this sounds silly, but I hate to clean my bathroom and that is just after a couple of days. I can't imagine how dirty my heart was the day I asked God to clean it after the years of sin that I had accumulated.
God is my strength and my redeemer. He is the only one who would die on a cross to clean the goo of my heart. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord!