Thursday, July 5, 2007

What's that smell?

Recently our family returned from a week long trip in Hungary. Upon entering our kitchen after the trip, we noticed a pungent odor that filled the room. Our search of smell led us to a package of milk that had broken and leaked all over the floor. It was in the cabinet above the fridge, so it left its trail down as gravity ran its course. Christy and I quickly pulled the fridge out and began cleaning. After the whole ordeal we thought we had solved the problem only to find the smell continued to flourish days later. I decided to do a more thorough cleaning and search for the problem. I discovered that the broken milk package left its "trail" down the back of the fridge and collected itself in a catch basin. It was a cesspool and pretty gross. After carefully removing and cleaning the catch basin...we now have a clean smelling kitchen. So...whats the point? Well, the Lord seems to minister to me a lot through the experiences of life. As I was cleaning this is what came to mind....

Everything the Lord created was good. He called it that because He created it in an environment where it was intended. But when sin entered the world, the environment was disrupted, and death came as a result. The refrigerator is a safe environment, the place where milk will stay fresh and good. But when it is removed from its intended place, it begins to sour and get disgusting over time. What is intended to be good turns gross. Its kind of like how our flesh fights against what God directs and commands. When we follow the flesh, we begin to justify our behavior and say its not so bad at first, but time reveals the extent of the problem. Going against God always stinks. It always leaves a "trail" as well. We may try and clean it up, but the real smell lies at the catch basin (the source). Its until the source is cleaned, (repentance and forgiveness) that the smell will go away. And we again realize, yes...God is always right, even when our flesh says otherwise.

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