It amazes me the things that God uses in my life to teach me a lesson. Okay, let me step back for just a moment. Before I can tell you what item God used this particular time, I need to give you just a little background.
For whatever reason, I think it comes from my mom, when I am getting ready to leave for a while I have the sudden desire to clean. When I say clean, I am not talking about the normal picking up toys, dusting and sweeping. No, I am talking about those cleaning jobs that are not done as often, like cleaning the woodwork with Murphy’s Oil Soap, dusting the fans blades, steam mopping, etc. I guess I think that if something were to happen to me, then it would be one less thing my family would need to worry about. One the other hand, if I return safely, then I come home to a clean house. Whether you can understand my reasoning or not, this is me.
Anyhow, now that you have a better understanding of my frame of mind, I will get back to the lesson.
I decided the other day it was time to steam mop. Before, I could steam mop, I need to first remove everything from the dining room and kitchen, such as rugs and chairs, and so I did not have to work around them. I was determined to get the floors clean. I started out sweeping the floors to get rid of the debris that may have been there. This is my everyday cleaning ritual, so I was not surprised by what I cleaned up. In fact, this is where I generally stop. However, I decided to go ahead and steam mop. Looking at the floors, I really thought it was going to be a waste of time, but I proceeded nonetheless.
I quickly discovered that although the floors appeared clean on the surface when the heat and steam were applied the deep down dirt was removed. Then it hit me, the same is true of our lives. We can think everything is just fine and that our lives are in order. However, for us to really shine for God, heat must be applied. I am fairly certain that you do not like having the heat applied to your life anymore than I do. But, I want God to be able to work in and through my life, so I can reach others. In order to do this, we must face difficult times in our lives. It is only when we come through to the other side that we will be able to truly shine for Him.
So, the next time you are faced with a little “heat” in your life, remember that it is part of the process of making you a brighter light for the darkened world.