Spring Cleaning

Spring is just around the corner. There is something about this time of year that encourages me to start over. I keep my home clean all year. But winter seems to disguise the dirty corners and dusty shelves. Maybe this is because the night grows dark at an early hour. But then I wake up one morning as spring returns and open a window. The sun rushes into all of my corners and dances with the dust bunnies. I see dust everywhere. The light of spring makes me aware of the dirty furniture and stains on the carpet.

Then an urge overwhelms me. I am driven to the closest grocery store in search of the strongest cleaning detergent I can find. I long to replace the odor of musty socks with the fragrant sent of pine. I'm sure that pine is the smell preferred by serious spring cleaners everywhere. Then I return home and arm myself with freshly torn rags and a bucket of hot, hot, hot soapy water. That dust doesn't stand a chance. 

The Christian walk means going through spring cleaning time after time. For new Christians God shines His light into our lives and reveals the old habits that separate us from Him. As the years go by God brings more of His light into our lives and shows us dark corners of lust, dusty book shelves of unforgiveness and spider webs of gossip. The process does not end there. He shows us the small parts of our heart that we have held back from Him.

It's real easy to get upset with His bright light. Wouldn't it be easier to close the curtains some times? But our heavenly Father sees us as special. He really cares. His heart longs for a deeper, closer relationship with us. He also provides us with the perfect cleaning solution for any stain. The blood of Jesus is stronger than any cleanser.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1: 6-9 (NKJV)

It is a treasure to my heart to sit down in a clean house after a day of spring cleaning. I love to pour a good cup of coffee and eat a slice of pie. I look around at my beautiful clean house and smile. This is God's plan too. He is calling us out of our darkness to walk in His bright light. It is a joy for Him to see His people walk in freedom.