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I knew all too well the chore before me.
Maybe I still haven’t mastered this art, or maybe it happens even to the best of us …
But every time I make spaghetti I burn a rim of hardened sauce around the dish. It clings to the pan, relentless against my efforts. I’ve tried sponges and brushes and a little bit of elbow grease, and they all end up with the same result.
The dish wins.
So over the years I’ve developed a new strategy. Instead of scrubbing and sweating and gritting my teeth, now I walk away.
I know all my type-A girls just cringed at the thought of a messy, burnt, sauce-all-over-the place spaghetti dish just sitting in the sink. But, before your heart rate gets too high, let me explain …
I devised a plan. And my plan calls for one key ingredient: soap.
Not soap on a sponge, we’ve been through that. Eventually my arm tires, and I call it quits. Scrubbing pours time and energy into a battle unlikely to turn out my way.
Instead, I put the soap straight into the dish and turn on the faucet. I watch as the dish disappears beneath a sea of soap suds. Then, I leave.
No time. No will. No work.
After a while I return to find the suds simmered down and beginning to take on the color of the dish. You know how this ends … I dump the dirty water, run a little more hot water through the pan and, Voila!
No sponge. No scrubbing. No problem. Without any help from my hand, the dish sparkles. Clean.
Sometimes my heart can mirror my spaghetti dish. Stuff cakes around the edges and it takes everything I have to simply chip away at the build up.
I wrestle. I worry. I walk around weighed down.
I lose all focus, and no matter how hard I fight to point myself in the right direction, I can’t seem to make a dent in the distraction.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV – Emphasis mine)
When soaked in God’s Word, sin softens and strongholds surrender.
Some stains will only let go when they’re soaked. Immersed beneath the cleansing blood of Christ. Hidden behind the power of His Spirit. It may be that the most radical way we can attack a threat to our souls is to be still. Walk away from our own efforts and turn straight towards the presence of God.
Let’s take a few minutes right now, in this moment, to stop scrubbing. Say out loud or whisper silently the things caked heavy on your heart. Then sit still with God and let Him renew your mind.
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