I was up early – as usual – and happy I had a good night’s rest. My yesterday was pretty rough and it seemed as if everything had gone wrong. (You’ve been there, I’m sure.) It was a messy day filled with stressful conversations and messed up plans.
As I sat in the quiet of the morning with the Christmas lights glowing against the city lights below, I prayed for God to give me His wisdom, His strategy and His discernment as I approached another day of life. I so desperately want to get this “life” thing figured out. I want to be filled with joy – that passes all understanding – and I want to lay aside foolish things and do what God wants me to do. I want to know – without a doubt – what the heck I’m doing here. Especially after a bad day – you want to make sure bad days are less and good days are more!
The room was silent and beautiful and I thanked God for the peace that I was enjoying this morning. And I asked Him to let me feel it all the rest of my days so I could be a good friend to others, a happy and contented Mom/Mimi with my children and Grands and a wonderful counselor to my clients. As I glanced up from my quiet time, the white sofa spoke to me. Yep – that’s right – it spoke to me. (Well sort of. Just looking at it reminded me of a bad night recently and how that bad, messy, stained-filled night got fixed.)
My good friend was visiting and we were sitting together on the white sofa conversing together, drinking red wine and talking about life. As we sat there, I had a feeling we should put the woolly blanket on the sofa I keep nearby for cuddling during cool days. Something told me to get that blanket, but I didn’t. I wish I had listened because a moment later, a full glass of red wine spilled all over the seat of my white sofa. My biggest fear when I bought the white sofa – was now here.
My friend jumped up and screamed – “Get some vinegar. I read that gets red wine out.” I ran for the vinegar and before I could grab it, I remembered there was a package that came with the sofa when I bought it last year. I pulled the package out from the cleaning supplies and it was a SPOT remover for the pre-treated sofa. I ran to my friend with towels while reading the instructions. We did what the package said and used a round swirling motion and a special sponge as instructed. It took a while and we both kept praying that the stain would come out. Literally PRAYING for my sofa. And, oh by golly, it did! It actually worked. The extra I paid for the pre-treating of the fabric and the handy, dandy spot remover was a life saver – or a sofa saver – you might say. When the stain happened, I was ready! I had what I needed to remove the stains.
And then I thought about the stains of my yesterday – my bad day. How would those stains be cleaned up? What would be the answer to fix those stains? I didn’t have a bottle of stain remover to clean up yesterday’s messes. This was on me to fix and I felt inadequate to do so.
I sighed to myself and picked up my Bible. I asked God where to turn to in His word. I heard — Isaiah. I opened the book to Isaiah and my eyes fell on the words of the picture above,
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.
Holy mackerel — the stains of a bad day and the stains of red wine and my woolly blanket were right there in Isaiah and they were from God, himself. I asked, “What are saying to me – to us, Lord?”
His answer: “I want to reason with you.” Reason means to “talk things out together” – “have a conversation.”
God wants to have a conversation with me – you? Oh yes He does. How exciting and how scary at the same time. Sort of like — I want to talk with you God but I’m concerned about what you are going to say.
But I decided to Reason with God because that’s what He loves. I started conversing and letting Him know about the stains of yesterday and how I wanted them to be as white as snow today. He listened as I spoke. I told Him I wanted to live my life for Him and to be a shining light to others. I told Him I had some stains that needed removing. And then I told Him…I’m tired of living life the way we are. I’m sick of our culture. I’m exhausted from the lies of this world. Once you used me for shining a light on the stains of our government, but not so much anymore. What was the calling on my life in this next stage? What do you want me to do? It’s such a messy, stained up world and I just don’t have what it takes to clean it up. I mean God and I had a talk. I did all the talking and He did all the listening. Until…
He took me back to the scripture above and I saw the answer to fixing the stains of our lives:
Billie, (or insert your name here) If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.”
The answer is to be WILLING AND OBEDIENT to God and He’ll help you.
I know it sounds simple. I know some of you are in great despair. I’ve been there. Despair and I were great friends for a while. But despair doesn’t want you to leave. Despair likes to keep you in the pit with him. Despair and I are now arch enemies even though he tries to get me back — all the time – especially when I’ve had a stained filled day. If you and despair are friends, you need to show him to the door TODAY and hit the sofa for some time with God.
A CONVERSATION WITH GOD. A REASONING with Him time.
He’s waiting on your sofa. Might I suggest you pour a cup of coffee, pick up your Bible, and ask Him to speak to your situation. He’ll remove all those stains and strains of your life. You just have to be willing and then when He tells you how to fix your life – be obedient.
He’ll wash away all those messy stains and give you peace and rest you need to make it in this life.
I just can’t encourage you enough to “Get to that sofa.” No need to waste another minute of trying to figure the mess out. He’s got the stain remover ready. He’s got a wonderful listening ear. And the best part of all – He loves you more than you can imagine.
I pray you and yours will have a wonderful Christmas. If you need to get some more shopping done, maybe the best stain remover of all should be on your list — a Bible.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. Thanks for your encouragement.
Peace, Love, Out and know that you are deeply loved,