Spring Cleaning—does that give you the shivers, like it gives me? Don’t get me wrong, I love the final product, after all the hard work is put into washing down the walls, cleaning the light fixtures, dusting out the registers, scowering the baseboards, dusting behind the furniture and scraping the scum off the windows. Cleaning one room in your house consumes your entire day! And, if you are anything like me, when you have a free day, cleaning is the last thing you want to do.
We all need to do it, and it is part of everyone’s yearly routine. Some people might enjoy it, like Danny Tanner on Full House, but he is a fictional character, that everyone laughs at. Do these people really exist? Are there really Danny Tanners in real life, who love to clean?
I guess we have to look at it from the point of view, that we are fortunate to have a house to clean. Be thankful that the winter months are over and the windows that we are cleaning are going to enhance the bright sunlight that is shining into our homes. We have to be grateful that we have a collection of dust-bunnies under our bed, because at least we have a comfy bed to sleep on.
Everyone gets dust-bunnies, everyone’s windows get dirty from the winter months. It’s how we deal with these pesky bunnies, or these dirty windows that shapes our lives into what they are. Everything in life has a season. I look back on my university life, and think how great I had it. My parents footing the bill, my life was carefree and whimsical, and all I had to be responsible for was myself. But at the time, I couldn’t wait to get out in the real world and get my life started. Man, was I stupid!
We all want what we see at quick view, or what we might see what others have, that we want. You might think that you might not have to do spring cleaning this year. You may think that you don’t have any dust-bunnies, you may think that dust hasn’t been collecting in your registers, you might think your baseboards are dust-free, but think again. We all have dust collecting in our lives, and we all have to clean this nasty pollution out of our worlds. It might not be your season…maybe you are more of a fall cleaning kind of person, but we all have cleaning needs.
I just started studying the book of Mark, through the Woman Living Well website, and as I read Mark 1, verse 40-45 is all about Jesus healing a man of leprosy. It really got me thinking, that we ALL have leprosy of some sort. Whether it is our need to gossip to make ourselves feel better about ourselves by other people’s misfortunes, maybe it is our marriage that is going downhill fast, or it could be a financial burden that has been lurking around our necks that we can’t seem to get rid of. Whatever your leprosy is, do what this man did in Mark 1:40-42, “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy? It really is—ask for God to make you clean from whatever your Spring Cleaning needs are, whatever leprosy has a hold on you. Stop looking at what people seem to have from a quick glance at their homes. We ALL need to spring clean, it’s just whether you want to admit to it or not. We all have our areas of need or our areas of weakness, our dirty areas in our home. We easily cover them up with a quick cleaning, but sometimes, we have to bow our heads and ask for help in prayer.
This spring, dig deep into your cleaning regiment. Move the furniture, vacuum down the register vents, suck up those dust-bunnies and give your home an overhaul. Once you start praying for the areas to be cleaned, like this man with leprosy, it will amaze you the difference you will witness in your life. Prayer is the best form of cleaning there is—cleans your soul today! I assure you that you will love this final product as well!