I apparently gain a lot of people insight while cleaning the bathroom. With a family of five and three full bathrooms; it’s probably safe to say I will keep learning.
Last week I spilled something on a rug, and I knew it would potentially stain. It didn’t happen at a time that was convenient for me to stop and do laundry. I scooped it up and quickly pretreated my favorite rug with some stain remover. My trusty stain removing gel quickly lifted the stain, and I went about the rest of my week. Despite the stain being removed, the rug still didn’t make its way back to the bathroom, it stayed in the laundry room. Saturday morning I ran it through the washer. The entire rug needed a good washing.
I promise this overly descriptive story is going somewhere…
How often do we stop and wash the rugs? I vacuum the rugs about every week, but if there had not been a spill, I probably wouldn’t have washed the entire thing. I forgot how good they look…. fresh out of the dryer! Simple rugs brought a smile – all fluffy and clean – so fresh, it looked new!
It looked better coming out of the dryer than before the stain.
Exactly. There it is.
Too often, we quickly “pre-treat” our sin or our hurt… we know we need to carry it to the Father… we know we really need to deal with it… but, who has the time?! So we settle for a little stain remover, a little spot wash. It lifts the stain, but doesn’t really cleanse the whole body. Partial, but fully. Without taking time for the full wash, we may not find ourselves in the place of our best purpose. The rug was still a rug, but it was balled up on the floor of the laundry room, instead of being used for its intended purpose.
i know it’s a silly story, but it can help you if you let it. Pastor Hank once said… “to often we fight until we feel some relief instead of fighting until we get the total victory.”
That makes so much sense. I am currently working on going around a mountain that is too familiar. I have fought this battle before. Last time I thought I won, but yet… here I am again. Perhaps I just went for the quick spot treatment. Maybe good enough was good enough. Not this time! This time I want to really slow down and go through the entire cycle!
When the Word says, “And He shall wash you white as snow….” I don’t think it means, He’ll dab a little to blot out the really noticeable parts. No, His intention is for the full removal of anything that looks like sin or feels like hurt. His plans are to separate it from east to west. He doesn’t give forgiveness as a thin dusting of snow where you can still see the blades of grass poking through. No, He will cover us with a fresh thick blanket of rich mercy and unmerited grace.
So, what are we waiting for? We need to experience the joy of repentance, the beauty of forgiveness, and the completion of redemption.