Last Wednesday I spilled baked beans on my favorite blue and white striped pants. I was having lunch with my department. No one seemed to be paying attention, so I grabbed a paper towel and wet it with my water bottle then proceeded to rub out the pretty brown spot on my left thigh. Thursday I spilled black coffee down my white tank top in the middle of class. Luckily, my students were taking a quiz and I was wearing a button up over the top. I quickly wet a paper towel, blotted out the coffee, and buttoned up my shirt until the white dried without a mark. Friday morning I was getting ready for work and once again spilled black coffee down the front of my white T-shirt. I was at home, so normally my first instinct would’ve been to just change and go on with my day, but instead, this week had clearly trained me to get a wet paper towel and clean the spot, then go along with my day still intact.
I promise I’m not ALWAYS this consistently messy. I mean, I couldn’t even tell you the last time I spilled my lunch on myself, or even my coffee for that matter. I do recall the last time I tried to put makeup on after getting dressed… I have no idea what I was thinking. That white shirt couldn’t be saved by a paper towel and water, but the washing machine did the trick!
Often times in our lives, stains occur. I’m talking literally and figuratively.
I have a bad habit of allowing Satan to bring up my past and get me down. Creeping thoughts of:
But this week, with the help of my own clumsiness and probably a slight nudge from the Lord, I’m reminded just how stains are cleaned.
Don’t get me wrong, growing up my mom had to work pretty hard on some of the literal stains I created in order to recover items. I have soccer shirts that will never recuperate from my mud sliding goalie ways. But I have learned that the sooner you work to get the stain out, the better your chances are!
Satan wants us to lose. He wants us to believe we aren’t good enough, that we aren’t worthy, but the Lord has already told us we are. Time and time again, if we seek him and listen, he will remind us.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. -Psalm 46:5
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.-Jeremiah 29:11
But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” -Isaiah 43:1
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:28-30
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. -Romans 5:1-5
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. -Joshua 1:5
Jesus washed away every stain and continues to carry us throughout each to come. It is your choice to let your stains be removed, or to allow them to set in and stay where they are.
Let him take away your stains.
The lord is knocking.
Open the door,
And let your stains be cleaned.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. -Revelation 3:20