Clean Up On Aisle Me!

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.

You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.
Ps 51:1-15 MSG

There are a number of any given circumstances or people that are used to throw us into the muck and mire of the world. If we are totally honest, we are the throwers at times.

Have you ever caught yourself being used to hurt another? We can be used “physically” by another person, but what I speak of today are the instances where our KNOWN enemy uses us to not only bring mental anguish to another by our actions, but also bring shame and disgrace to our Father in heaven. Have you ever made a choice and then wanted to hide yourself under a rock in shame?

Just now I can reflect on a recent event that instead of letting my Light flourish I instead chose to go the route of being led by my emotions. Yeah bad move….

I’m very thankful that through the grace and workings of God in my life I was able to recognize, repent and turn my actions around, but nevertheless my momentary lapse in care caused another pain. There would have been a time when I would have thought that my emotional binge was justified…but thinking we are justified by emotionally lashing out is as far from godly behavior as is a Big Mac being considered a health food item.

An emotional binge can and will at times rear its ugly head (We are all still prone to the self-indulgent pity party) but as God has and continues to heal me I now know that that beast is one that His Spirit can put right back in check. In this instance it took a little more time than I or He would have liked to get back in line, but nevertheless, get back in line it did.

So what do we do when we’ve emotionally gone off the deep end, caused another pain and ourselves, and truly mucked up a situation? Do we to then make everything worse by letting the Enemy convince us to be swayed into condemnation, losing focus of the vision set before us? NO by no means as Paul stated. Every child messes up and some messes are bigger than others, but with God there is no job too big for him to handle (Wonder if that’s where Bounty got their slogan… 😉 But no parent enjoys cleaning up dirty diapers…none that I know of at least. And they REALLY don’t enjoy changing them when the kid is like um… 7!!! We all go through our “potty-training” phase, but that doesn’t mean that at some point we don’t want our little ones to learn how to go #1 and 2 on the pot minus the occasional accident. He expects that as we grow we will need the time to learn where and how to make less messes. On the other hand, He DOES NOT expect us to have a mentality that “Oh Dad is around and He’ll just clean it up so I’ll take my time learning to use the bathroom”… um, no, not gonna fly.

So the next time you or I decide to have a Spiritual “accident” that our Father then has to help guide us through, let’s not forget that just like with our little ones, He loving expects for us to continue to learn to leave our #2’s exactly where they should be.

 

Be Forever Blessed,

Jojo

 

 

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