Today I was cleaning some of the things that we can overlook. Rugs. They're everywhere. At every entrance. Everywhere there might be a chance for little feet (and big feet too) to leave a little bit more dirt outside than inside. There is sugar sand here in Florida. It may look like sugar, but it is still dirt. The rugs help, a little, to keep the dirt outside where it belongs. We walk on them, we walk over them and we stomp our feet onto them. Rugs. They are there, but we never give them a second thought. Overlooked, yet still useful for their purpose.
Today I washed those rugs. I gathered them up. I shook them out, first by one side and then the other. I even whacked them against the basketball goal. All in the hopes that the majority of dirt would leave the confines of the threads of the rugs. I put them in the washer believing that I'd done a fairly good job of relieving the rugs of their accumulated dirt.
Surprise. Surprise. Not so much. As I removed them from the washer, each one appeared to have been wiped down with trails of mud. There was even the special delight of a crunchy coating of dirt inside the drum of my washing machine. Yuck! More cleaning and then some more cleaning, and the rugs are back in place, ready to again capture our never ending supply of sugar sand. The washer is now running on an empty rinse cycle and the task that I thought was going to be fairly simple has taken on a life of it's own.
Thank God that He is generous in love, grace and mercy. As I cleaned and then cleaned and then cleaned some more, I was reminded of God's enormous ability to make us clean. He wipes our tears, He gives us a good scrubbing if (or should that really be WHEN) we need it and He soaks out our really rough spots. God has a wonderful way of cleaning our hearts and lives, all because of love. God takes what we carry within the confines of the threads of our lives and makes us sparkling clean and new.
We are not treated like my rugs today. Only cleaned occasionally, overlooked or as something that is only there to be taken for granted. Nope, we are so loved by God that DAILY He takes the time to give us what we need. Guiding us and helping us keep our faith on Him. Brushing us off and picking us up when we need it. Cleaning and growing us as we walk around in our day to day lives. Bright and shiny. Glowing with the light of His loving care.
Psalm 51: 1-3 MSG
"Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record. Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I’ve been; my sins are staring me down."