I try to find lessons in all areas of my life. I think I have done this most of my adult life. I have learned things cleaning a toilet. I try to see things from how I think the Lord would talk to me. I guess that means in parables, or stories. I have a whole list of things that I have learned that way and for all of those little lessons, I am grateful.
I have nursery duty this month at church. It really isn’t a duty because I get to snuggle with a little boy who is usually ready for his nap and he is willing and ready to be rocked. You can’t beat rocking a baby to sleep while sitting in a comfy rocker knowing that rocking is the only thing you are required to do at that moment.
Anyhow, today the little boy was awake the whole time he was in the nursery. But, he wanted to be rocked anyhow. We rocked and played and he giggled, which is like heaven whenever a baby giggles. He left early since his mom had to work, so I was able to sneak back into church and catch the end of the sermon.
From what I heard the pastor (a guest speaker from Michigan) was encouraging us to keep the flame lit. Not to run short of oil. It was great and I will need to go back and listen online to the beginning of the message.
We came home and had a lazy afternoon. Earlier this evening we sat out on our screen porch and hubby started looking at the pool. There was a faint green line around the bottom of the pool. He looked at me and said, “you have some algae growing in there.” Not exactly what I wanted to hear when I really wanted to do nothing the rest of the day.
I asked if I what I was thinking it needed was right. I was right and I started to grumble about doing it today. Hubby told me to wait until the morning and I almost agreed, but, there was something else. By waiting, it would give the algae a bigger hold on the pool. So, grabbing the necessary things, I went to the pool and started working on it. I brushed it and loosened the growth (really not much), then I shocked it and added a few more chlorine tablets to the chlorinater. Easy stuff, actually.
You see, this week, I haven’t done any maintenance on the pool. It has rained non stop and when it has taken a break, I have been in the middle of something else. We tested the water a couple of times to make certain it was okay and it was. So, we waited.
The spiritual lesson here, at least for me? We can be washed cleaned by the blood of Jesus. We can have the right balance to us. But, if we decide to just ‘be’ for a while, we have the chance of becoming stagnant. Thin lines of green can form in our souls and if we do not stir ourselves up and renew ourselves with the bleaching of the Word of God, or prayer, that spiritual algae will continue to grow in us. We will begin to grow murky and not be good for much.
In the New Living Version of the Bible, Psalm 51:2 says, “Wash me inside and out from my wrong-doing and make me clean from my sin.”
Today, the lesson for me made me think about how clean I am. I am going to spend some time this evening seeing if there is any spiritual algae growing in me and what I need to do about it.
I know this is a bit different from my usual writing, but, it is something I wanted to share.
Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you. DAF (Cathi)