I had to clean up the house a bit this morning… it’s not my MOST favorite thing to do… but I enjoy how the house feels once the job is done. However, I do have a certain aversion when it comes to toilets and showers. I’d much prefer a CSI Crime Scene Cleanup Crew for those particular areas.
So this morning I was dusting (sorta) and windexing (everything with a hard surface) 🙂 and I thought to myself, ‘Man, I’m really not doing a very thorough job. When am I going to be able to really spend some time doing a deeper cleaning?’
It made me think back to when I was growing up in rural Indiana. I recalled how – from a very early age – I was expected to clean up the house (just the basics… vacuum, dust, and bathroom scrubbing) on a weekly basis. (And no, I did not get an allowance for doing it). I also remembered how my mother would go CRAZY once a year in the springtime… and everyone had to be involved… the task at hand – spring cleaning. This was the time of the year where no place in the house went untouched. Closets were cleared out, cleaned and organized, rooms were emptied of furniture, walls were washed, floors were polished, carpets were shampooed, and sometimes fresh paint was applied. This would go on for weeks at a time until the job was complete. The result was a completely clean house… fresh, sparkly, orderly. Nothing hidden from view was dirty or unorganized. Truly the house was renewed and refreshed.
As I pondered the difference between a quick cleaning and a spring cleaning, I thought, ‘you know… this is sorta like my walk with Christ.’ I likened my devotion time every day to a quick cleaning. I spend enough time with Him to work through and ‘clean up’ the basic, easy to get to issues and sins, but I am less likely to spend time delving into those dark corners in my heart and those closed closets with junk inside.
I suppose spring cleaning could be likened to a retreat. I’ve been on some AMAZING retreats in my life time. These were occasions when I had more time and I was willing to expend the effort opening up the closets and the ‘stuffed drawers’ and investing the time ‘going through stuff’ with my Savior. Sometimes it was very hard work, and often painful, but when I walked away and headed back into my day-to-day life, I felt so much better.
Psalm 51:10 says, ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.’
God helps us ‘put things into the right places’. He is able to completely wash away sins and purify dirty hearts. He renews and refreshes us – again and again. The outcome of the ‘cleaning’ is directly proportionate to the amount of ‘effort’ that we put into it.
2 Corinthians 4:16 ”That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.’
Hebrews 10:22 says, ‘Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.’
Do you need to undertake a season of Spring Cleaning in your heart? WARNING… the process will more than likely be less pleasant that cleaning a toilet, but the outcome will be eternally more rewarding 🙂
Blessings to each of you.