It's almost midnight. I was very sleepy and headed to bed about two hours ago. I was looking forward to getting into bed between the clean sheets that had been taken fresh from the clothesline and put on the bed just hours earlier. But when I was almost ready to get into bed, I saw something! Under the bed. I got my trusty little silvery green flashlight and shined it's light underneath the bed. Ewwww! A little spider! In a split second all my plans of going to sleep were over and I was headed to get all sorts of equipment to make war with this invader! Some of you may remember my being bitten twice by a spider a little over two years ago. It took just about two months to recover and I've been very wary of those little critters ever since!
When I looked under the bed the little spider was not all I saw. There was a lot of dust. Some spider webs. A few tissues. Several of hubby's shoes. It was very evident that I had not been cleaning under the bed as I should have been. Bummer! After half an hour of using the broom, the vacuum, and spraying some spider poison, I was again ready to get in bed. But now instead of being sleepy and ready to relax into a good night's sleep, I was wide awake from all the recent activity. My mind was going ninety-to-nothing. And that's when I began to think about the verse in Matthew 23:27 that says:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." I thought about how looking down at my bed it had looked all clean and comfortable with clean sheets and pillow cases fresh from drying on the clothesline. But how underneath the bed was dirty and dusty and needed cleaning up.
Sometimes that's how we live our lives too. Even Christian lives. We look good on the outside. We dress right. We talk right. We walk right. We do all the right things that Christians ought to do. But on the inside we may have gotten slack in our spiritual housekeeping and let some things creep in that have dirtied up our spirits.
Let's don't wait until there's a crisis in our spiritual life before we notice the dirt and go to the Lord and ask Him to clean us up. I don't of course mean that we need to be saved again...that's a once in a life time thing. But we do need to be cleaned up from time to time as Ephesians 5:26 says:"That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,"
Well, there. I've written down all those thoughts that kept running through my head so maybe now I can go back to that clean bed and go to sleep! :)
God bless you!