This morning I arrived at the church building and was about to pull into my regular parking spot...which isn’t actually a parking spot as defined by the yellow lines. Anyway…
I happened to catch a “sparkle” out of the corner of my eye. The sun’s rays were just right and I knew right away what it was that I saw. Right in the spot where my left front tire was going to end up, was a nail (I wonder where that came from?)!
Fortunately I saw it ahead of time and not after it was too late. I picked up the nail and threw it away. Hopefully our contractor has one of those big magnet things that will do a much better job removing the nails and screws from the parking lot.
I tell you this for two reasons. First, as many times as people have walked the parking lot looking for nails, screws, etc. there are still some out there. So please be careful and if you see something pick it up (with your hand, not your tire) or let one of our younger-ish people know and they’ll be glad to pick it up for you.
The other reason is to make a point. No matter how thoroughly we clean up after making a mess of our life, we will always miss something that might come back to hurt us later on, if we are not careful.
So how do we deal with the messes in life? How do we make sure that when we clean them up, they don’t leave any residue that can haunt us?
It’s really simple: we don’t! We don’t try to clean it up ourselves. We don’t sweep and clean and straighten and mop and polish our messed up life.
Instead, we turn it over to Jesus. We let Him clean up our messed up life. Certainly we help Him...but we never try to clean up by ourselves. If we try, we will still have left over “stuff” that can hurt us.
But when Jesus cleans up, He does so through a job that, even when Satan comes along to remind us of our mess, there is not even a trace of a screw or a nail or even of a mess. That’s something to be thankful for!