I have a collage of today’s happenings running through my head like a slide show, one picture on top of the other claiming top priority of importance. Dragging myself out of bed early so that I can make coffee before family members have to leave for work, getting dressed appropriately so I can drive my grandson to school, door bells ringing, barking dogs, laughing young people, ringing phones, a visit from a precious little girl watching our “singing” Christmas trees with wonder, work to be done, work left un-done. Then in checking my email I found one from a reader who mentioned a certain date that has happy memories for me, but was very sad for him because his baby grandson died on that day. The dichotomy struck me, my happiness, and his sorrow.
How can you mend a broken heart with mere human words, especially when you cannot possibly identify with such a tragedy?
With all the things that have happened, and believe me I have only given you the tip of the iceberg here, there was one thing that took the cake; a friend wrote and gave me a full description of herself getting ready for the dreaded Colonoscopy! She told me her day started with laxatives, cleanses, drinking more horrible liquid and having to do laundry every time she sneezes or coughs! Even worst is that this victim of medicine has to be up at 5 AM to take two more enemas, all to have a scope run into her colon to see if there are any problems in there! I had to laugh, nothing that had happened to me all day could compare with all this “preparation”! The things we do to “prepare” sometimes outweigh the fun of what we are preparing for!
Getting ready for Christmas can become such a strain that we just want to can the whole holiday and stay in bed all day! God never intended for us to put ourselves through all the mess we insist on doing. He gave us Jesus, the gift that keeps on giving! This is the gift that gives us a cleanse that is more complete than the dreaded colon cleanse!
1John 3:21-24 And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.
So how do we go about having a massive cleansing so that we can be clean for the spiritual colonoscopy?
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”
Didn’t see anything there about a laxative, did you?
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
The last picture in my collage is of us being cleansed of all the ugly things that are in us, free at last we can now say, “Oh what a relief it is!”
Sorry for the crude analogy, just couldn’t help myself! Merry Christmas!