My favorite quiet time spot in the house is actually our living room sofa, around 11pm, after everyone including the hubby have gone to sleep. Overhead lights off, lamp on in the corner, just me, God and the Word. Sometimes Alexa streams Christian music softly, sometimes not, it just depends on the mood of the day.
The only hard part is the “11pm and everyone asleep.” Livi still doesn’t sleep through the night so usually during this would-be-quiet-time she’s strolling through the living room half awake needing a drink of water. The two dogs are just getting their second wind and don’t understand why I can’t pet them and read the bible at the same time. (And what’s super funny is it is 11:10pm and I hear someone coming around the corner now!!)
So, post interruption, where was I again? As I stare off trying to refocus on where God and I left off, my eye catches a fuzzy growth in the distance. What in the world? (Livi has now gotten up twice at this point.)
Back to God, or rather the fuzzy growth on the lamp at the end of the sofa. I struggle to focus with distractions present. Sure enough, upon closer inspection there is a mound of dust on the lamp. How in the world could this heap of mess have piled up right before my eyes, day after day and night after night? How could I have missed this?
Areas of sin in our life are much like the dust on the lamp. We get so distracted by the busyness of life that we don’t stop to clean house in our hearts. Habits of apathy and distraction settle in and slowly but surely sin creeps in and starts to settle. Before you know it you have a messy fuzzy growth of sin you didn’t even realize was there.
If we weren’t a mess, we’d have no need of a savior. Today I’m thankful for my dust because it gives me a greater dependence on Him. When the Lord reveals these areas of sin to you recognize it as an opportunity to grow with Him. It’s a chance to confess, clean house, purge, and then start afresh walking in fullness of joy with the Lord.
PS: The picture is my actual lamp and my actual dust. I am not perfect. I am a mess. My house is messy and my heart is too.
Psalm 119:133 – Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
Psalm 51:1-2 – Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Romans 3:20 – Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.