You know when you're cleaning the house and you just want to be done and relax, but there is this one stubborn spot of junk that just won't come off the counter or pan or whatever it is...
I hate that. Don't you?
You scrub and you scrub, and this piece of gunk just won't come up.
You soak it, you scrub up and down, side to side, and who knows, maybe you get so frustrated that you have to call out the big guy, Mr. Clean.
What looked like a small and menial task, became a seemingly unending and arduous effort.
How could something so small, grow to be something so challenging?
Maybe it just had the right combination of crud to create a frustrating mess or maybe it's because we took too long to confront it.
I'm going to bet that it's most likely the latter or maybe a combination.
Instead of passing by and saying, "I'll do it later", it would make things easier to confront it quickly.
It reminds me of those moments in life where we know we should confront an issue, but we just put it off due to fear and uncertainty. Maybe we are facing difficulties in a relationship or maybe we are facing an issue within ourselves.
For me, I realize that my patience could use some working on, but to be honest, it's easier to push it aside rather than coming face to face with my issue.
The problem is, with every push, the gunk [issue] grows and hardens, making it even more difficult to get rid of.
Peter says in Acts 3:19, "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;" Repent in Greek is "metanoeo" which means "to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins." In order to change one's mind, he/she has to confront the issue first. I think confronting is the hardest part. Sometimes we may have to confront it often, in order for us to change and turn away from the sin.
Looking at that clump of gunk and saying "I'm gonna get rid of you!" can prevent us from getting deeper and deeper into a mess of problems. Sometimes persistence may be necessary. Sometimes looking at it from a different angle may help. Sometimes seeking help from others might be a good idea. Don't forget though, calling on the big guy, (not Mr. Clean) but God, can be the best thing we can do.
It may not be fun to scrub up gunk, but it's not worth it to ignore.
Like the famous vacuum company, Bissell, says, "Life's messy. Clean it up!"
This week our Bible reading is:
Lamentations 1-Ezekiel 15