Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Deep Cleaning Discoveries
Today I'm multi-tasking. Well, if I think about it I multi-task almost every day! I have two of my crock pots going. One with chicken and the other with beef that I'll be making a roast dinner with. I also have laundry going. While all of that was cooking/washing, I decided that I would find something to clean. I didn't have to look too hard! :)
I cleaned the Master Bath. I didn't just clean it...I (what my mom says) DEEP CLEANED it! I have linoleum (which I despise) in my Master Bathroom. It's hard to get really clean so, yes, I got down on all fours with, believe or not, a toothbrush at one point and got all the nooks and crannies cleaned out. I finally finished the entire bathroom, ceiling to floor!
Then I noticed that I missed something...the vanity! Not the outside, but the inside. It had been months (maybe even a few years) since I've cleaned out the vanity really well. It was interesting to say the least! I found some empty bottles, old hair accessories that I threw away, etc. The funniest thing that I came across was my husband's old dental retainer from when he was a teenager! LOL! He was still wearing his retainer when we were newly weds...17 1/2 years ago! It was still soaking in the old plastic butter container that it was in way back then! Needless to say, I threw it away! I bet he won't even miss it! ;)
While I was DEEP cleaning I started thinking about the spiritual side of what I was discovering as I cleaned. How often times I clean the outside of my heart, but the inside is still really messy. It appears squeaky clean to others, but the Lord sees it differently. Sometimes I've found that I will hold onto a grudge or some other type of sin way too long before I get on my hands and knees and clean it all out! Sometimes I forget that the sin is even there because I keep pushing it to the back of the vanity!
I hope I encourage you today to take a look deep within the recesses or your heart and perhaps get on your hands and knees and do some deep cleaning...
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10