When you ask God for wisdom, don’t be surprised by the things He uses for analogies and metaphors. I was walking Tyco this morning and I realized it is my least favorite day of the week to walk; garbage day. Yes, I am utterly grateful and thankful for our garbage collectors. What would we do without them? But, after they have come through the neighborhood, every top of every can is hanging open. With open garbage cans, comes a plethora of smells that are not pleasant in any way.
Tyco, being a dog, of course has no issue with stinky things. God only knows why dogs love to smell each other’s butts. But, that is just a dog thing. So, Tyco has no issue with open lids of garbage cans. That is like mama’s milk to her. But, to me, I find myself walking in the middle of the street to avoid the curbside lingering’s.
I was praying and I heard God speak to me. He said, “This is necessary to clean out the junk. Just like your heart has to be cleansed to clean out the junk.” Oh ya’ll….
If we don’t remove the lid, God can’t clean out our junk. The bible says, “the heart is deceitful in every way.” Our hearts are yucky without the washing of the Word. If we close up our hearts to God’s cleansing power, we will never truly get healed. Sometimes we want to just put the lid on the can of our hurts. We want to keep it closed so no one sees our real. We want to quickly shut up the stink. But, if we don’t allow God to invade every area of our lives, we will remain broken and unable to heal.
Healing is stinky. It involves work. It involves study. It involves serving. God wants in to our trash dump of a heart so He can make it what He truly desired it to be; a place where His Spirit leads, a place where joy lives, a place where true servant hood is birthed, a place of peace.
1 Corinthians 4:5 says, “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.” You know, sometimes being a teacher, hurts. It does. God wants me to help others, so He makes me feel what others feel. He makes me suffer what is right, so I can preach what is right. You gotta be real to heal. So, God makes me feel the real.
I know, coming out of this quarantine is not going to be easy. People have had the lid on for five months and now that they are having to return into life, some stinky fears are going to surface, some stinky worries are going to linger, and some stinky insecurities are going to have to come out. We can’t keep the lid on. God wants us healed. He wants us whole. He wants us clean. So, there will be a cleansing period, and we all need to prepare.
Those of us that have felt fear and seen God heal, need to be there for others who are afraid. Those of us who have felt shame and have seen God restore, need to be there for others. Those of us who have felt unloved and have received His love need to share that love with others. We need to walk through the stink with each other for a little while so God can clean us up from this mess. Oh friends, the true healing of God is there for the taking. Just let Him take the lid off once and for all, so you can be cleansed.
Garbage day can teach us so much!