I scrubbed and I scrubbed and I scrubbed some more. For the past week I have been cleaning my favorite chair. My favorite chair is big enough to fit at least 2 people comfortably. We have had it since we got married in 2017 and when we got it, it was used. This chair is so big it has also been big enough to fit two people and two big fur babies. I figured cleaning upholstery was going to be easy. I mean come on, we have a Bissell. Today, for the third time this week, I sat on my floor singing my own edition of the latest worship about giving God the Glory for cleaning this chair. What I did not know was that Holy Spirit was going to speak this…
I have regrets for not cleaning this chair consistently, deep regrets. As I scrub more and more, it is still not as clean as I had hoped (the first time). We are going on a fourth time when it dries in a couple days (pray for me)! Holy Spirit said sometimes we handle our wounds like I was handling this issue of cleaning upholstery. We want over night results, but this wounds did not happen over night. We scrub and scrub, work and work, hoping just maybe these wounds will be be bound or our favorite chair will be clean enough to our standard. I am not sure if you have ever cleaned upholstery, but it is HARD, but sometimes healing and growth can be too.
There is instant healing found in the love of Jesus and there is divine healing found through the blood of Jesus. I am a believer and a receiver of both! However, sometimes Jesus loves us so much that he gives us pieces to heal one day at a time. If we continue pursuing healing, pursuing growth, being washed in his word and fellowship with the one of who is love, eventually we will see the results we had hoped to see overnight. Some things take time, this includes healing and this includes growth.
For my favorite chair, I must continue to scrub away a day at a time, I might even need some extra help. The mess did not happen overnight and neither did what you are healing from. We sometimes need extra help. During times of healing we should reach out have fellowship with others and even a counselor is a beautiful thing. I believe it is no coincidence that the Holy Spirit himself was called a counselor. Spend time with God. Allow him, the one who loves you more than anyone could, wash away the mess and bind up your wounds through the blood of Jesus (even if it takes longer than you had hoped to heal). Do not be afraid to allow him in fully, laying all that has happened at his feet. There is nothing he wants you to have more than his peace and love to surround you through this. Sometimes things do not go as we expect, but what is important is that we continue with the one who cares.
Scripture To Chew On:
- 1 Peter 5:7
- Psalm 34:18
- Psalm 23
- Philippians 4:6-7
- Isaiah 53:5