As we enter into the month of June, I have to admit, I’m really getting excited for the summer to start. With summer, comes a lot of work. I know you can hear our grass growing overnight and it is ready to cut the next day after it was just mowed. The vegetable and flower gardens always need watering, weeding and feeding, and then if you have a pool too, you have even more work!
I love our pool, but it is a lot of upkeep, especially at the first of the season. Our pool sits in a very wooded area of our yard, so leaves are my enemy. We have a huge pile of leaves in the bottom of our pool, that even the shock treatment won’t breakdown.
After a hard Canadian winter, we have to add lots of chemicals to bring the water back to a normal level. Even after we put all the chemicals in, we have to backwash the garbage out, and watch the water slowly get clearer and clearer. Then we test the water again, and see what other chemical needs to be added, and add that chemical to bring up or down the PH level. Backwash the pool again, and the pool water gets clearer still.
Over the summer, we have to test the water and continue keeping the delicate balance of salt and PH levels to make sure we can keep the water crystal clear. It is a constant struggle, which depends on the weather, amount of rain, amount of usage, amount of sunlight, even the amount of sunscreen the comes off the people that are using the pool effects the PH level. It’s non-stop.
As I was backwashing our pool the other day, and watching the dirty water shoot out of the long hose that runs into backyard woods, I stood there and thought how much dirt I let go through my own brain in the run of a year. Just like cleaning my pool water, I am constantly cleaning my mind. It is easy to let garbage in your brain and dirty your delicate ideology of life.
Lately life is throwing lots of stuff in my pool water of life! Work is stressful, as we come to the end of a school year, and report cards are due along with all the certificates and awards that come with teaching the grade 5 class, photos, prizes, fundraising—it’s never ending for a teacher this time of the year. My mother’s health has been poor and she’s been in the hospital, and I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a love one being sick and in pain, but it’s a horrible experience. Our hospital is splitting at the seams with patients so she doesn’t have a room or a bed, it’s frustrating. I feel like not only do I have to be there for my mother, but also I want to fill my mother’s shoes and look after my dad. Along with this, it’s the end of the year activities are here for gymnastics, my son is playing three different sports at one time and my husband is selling one of our restaurants. It’s definitely affecting the PH balance in my life.
Imagine if we all had a backwash hose, where we could flip a switch and let out all the garbage that we build up in our minds with worry, doubt, and frustration. In reality we all do have a backwash hose! All we have to do is sit down for a quiet moment and say a prayer. Deuteronomy 31:8 reassures us, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Instead of worrying about everything that is going on in your life, leave it all in prayer, and let God lead the way. You don’t have to beg. You just have to ask once, and he is listening. After you pray, then start praising and thanking him for his help and guidance, and watch it all unfold the way it is supposed to.
I’m sure I’m not the only one with a crazy life like I explained above. I am sure every one of you are going through situations much the same as myself. God is love, and he will take care of everything for you—he is the backwash hose for your pool of life! He will clean all the dirt out of your life and leave you with sparkling clean pool water. Flip your switch and start believing today!