When I played baseball at the University of Nebraska there was a guy there we called “Super Fan”. He had been a Nebraska Cornhusker fan for years and went to EVERYTHING Nebraska Husker Athletics offered taking pictures every step of the way.
He also apparently was wealthy, but you’d never know by looking at him. He always wore the same clothes, he rarely showered or cut his fingernails, he had matted hair, was missing a few key teeth, and there was a smell about him that was hard to handle. I say these things not to be cruel, but to simple present the facts about our Super Fan we loved. You heard me right; we genuinely loved this guy because after all when I played we loved all of our fan very much.
However, what stuck out to me more than anything was not his army fatigue pants or scraggly beard, but it was his car. Super Fan had a station wagon that he literally had packed from hatchback to hood with stuff. Newspapers, trash, camera film, Husker programs, and anything else interesting he found along the way were packed so tight in there that we swore the windows were going to pop. If it every happen I always pictured it as a Piñata but instead of candy spilling out it would be 1980’s newspapers from rural towns in Nebraska.
That car and Super Fan were something to see and I’ve yet to see duplicated.
His car is probably what now motivates me to keep my car clean or it could be my inner conviction to take care of the things I’ve bought.
Regardless messy cars fascinate me and drive me crazy all at the same time.
They drive me crazy because I think messy cars because I think they are 100% avoidable. Messy cars are easily fixed by taking a quick glance before you get out of your car and removing, throwing away, or putting away anything that doesn’t need to be in there.
For example, you don’t need to keep 10 Filet O’ Fish sandwich boxes in your backseat. Those can get thrown away 1 at a time as you eat them or all 10 at once if you’ve had a bad day and don’t want to talk about why you ate 10 of those in the first place.
Boom! Simple….clean car every time.
Oh, and don’t give me the excuse that you have kids either. I’ve got kids and if I say we clean it up before we go inside it can get done. Keeping your car clean is as simple as throwing away the junk each time you leave it.
This can be such a great illustration for our spiritual lives.
We so often get frustrated with our “messy car” lives that we become overwhelmed and paralyzed. Sometimes we stock pile old memories or past sins in our lives like Super Fan did with old copies of the Lincoln Journal Star that we can barely see out of the windows of reality.
The beautiful part about our walk with Jesus is that he wants all of our junk and all of our garbage so we don’t have to be bogged down by it. When we find ourselves claimed by Him, defined by Him, and cleaned by Him we are forever changed. We no longer have to drive around in a car full of junk because Jesus deep cleaned us.
David tells us in Psalm 40:1-3
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”
However, we need to take an active roll in that soul cleansing too.
As we draw closer to Christ and to the life He has for us we will realize the sin we are still carrying. It’s sin that is jammed into our lives that we’ve tried to ignore but cannot any longer.
Our responsibility is to constantly take inventory of our life and throw out the garbage that we see. We can’t keep empty Sonic cups of lust, crusty chicken fingers of anger, or dirty socks of hatred in our life any longer. There is only one place for that stuff and it’s in the trash where it belongs.
But only you and I can do it.
God doesn’t reach down into the cracks of our seats to scoop out the smooshed up French fries. He can point to them and say “Do you see that?” but we have to be the ones that reach down and deal with the consequences of the science experiment we’ve created. If we give it to Him he will take it, but He won’t take anything without permission.
So before you do anything else stop and take inventory of your life. Ask God to deep clean the areas of sin you’ve been ignoring and start getting things straightened out today.
Believe me, He will do a heck of a job and leave you smelling like that new car scent for eternity.