Is That Really Fire?
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalms 55:22)
Today, I cleaned my oven. Well, actually, I locked the oven, hit the “clean oven” button, pushed start and walked away. I figured since my meat pie meat juice had leaked out of my roasting pan and the oven was already hot, the timing would be great. I expected smoke since there is typically lots of smoke when I do this. But what I experienced today was beyond any other oven cleaning moment.
I was sitting on the couch waiting for the meat to cool. Given that I had time, I checked my Facebook. I started to smell the smoke but wasn’t really worried. In fact, I was expecting it. So what did I do? I kept doing what I was doing. My son was watching television while playing on his laptop and my hubby was upstairs reading.
Soon, my eyes started burning. I still didn’t look up. Minutes later, I started coughing — slightly at first and then more predominantly. I looked up to see where my water was, and I was shocked. MY ENTIRE KITCHEN AND LIVINGROOM WAS FULL OF SMOKE. Not just a thick haze that hovers but rather, thick smoke. I am not sure how it happened. I do know that we have never opened windows and doors as fast as we did today. The smoke was beyond awful even though my smoke detectors did not go off.
Personally, I don’t think my oven was dirty enough to create this much smoke, but apparently it was. My house smells bad, my clothes smell and my hair is gross. On the bright side, I have a clean oven 🙂
As I thought about this experience, I began to wonder if cleaning my oven is how God feels when He forgives us. First, He takes our imperfect and unclean lives and removes all the gross stuff. He takes our sin, our pain, and our brokenness and makes us whole. He leaves us clean and new. All we have to do is to believe in Jesus, and live our lives praising and thanking Him for all that we have. In so doing, we are more able to reach out to others by He showing them the same love and kindness that Jesus shows us.
And in the end, just like my oven needs a quick wipe now, my never perfect life will always need cleaning. But knowing Jesus means my heart is clean and pure, just the way He wants it to be:)