The other day I noticed a little gray ear sticking out from behind my refrigerator. I didn’t think much of it since it is close to Easter and Aniston has all kinds of bunnies, but this seemed odd. The odd part was that every time I opened the back door to our deck it would tuck its ears back in and then reappear after the door shut.
Well I had to check it out…
To my shock, it turned out not to be a bunny at all, but a disgusting collection of fuzz, dog hair, and dust that had morphed into a disgusting mass behind our fridge. It looked like an Etch A Sketch had ended it all behind there. Yuck!
Well that got me wondering about a few other items in our house that didn’t get moved that often. Sure enough, the carnage was repeated behind the dresser, the bed, and even Aniston’s changing table! The people at the First 48 would have had a field day with all those crime scenes.
Now before you start calling Merry Maids for us, our house is very clean. I know…because I clean it most of the time J. From the outsiders point of view everything looks really good. Honestly we don’t have to do much before people come over because Cherie and I stay on top of it pretty well.
However, this “little discovery” today made me realize that there are still things in our house that might be awkward and heavy to move but hide a bunch of dirt we don’t see. Or maybe don’t want to see.
How about in your world? And, no I’m not trying to guilt you into cleaning your garage. I’m wondering about your other worlds. Your family, job, relationship, and spiritual words.
Let me see if these will help point you to some awkward and heavy things in your life that may need a look behind.
- When was the last time you asked your wife how she thought you were doing as a husband?
- When was the last time you talked to your kids about how you could be better parents to them?
- When was the last time you and your husband talked about how satisfied each of you are with your sex life?
- When was the last time you talked to your boyfriend about not living together any more until you get married?
- When was the last time you asked God to show you areas in your life that you can improve to be a better Christian?
- When was the last time you asked God to put someone in your life that you could share your faith with?
I believe some of us don’t move these big pieces of furniture in our lives because it takes effort and we don’t want to see what’s back there! Sometimes the answers or the work that needs to be done may not be fun, but it doesn’t mean it’s all ok back there if you don’t look.
Ephesians 5:13 says “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.”
If I learned anything from my refrigerator experience it is that just because it may look pretty on the outside doesn’t mean it is. The only way to really tell is to shine a little light in those areas you don’t look at so often and get to scrubbing.
And the best part is you don’t have to do it alone! Sometimes in order to get to those hard to reach places behind that heavy stuff you need a little help. This may be a perfect opportunity to reach out to a friend, your church, a counselor, or spouse and just say “Hey, can you help me with this? I can’t do it on my own.”
Believe me, Jesus already knows what’s back there and He’s just hoping you will ask for some Light to be shed on it so He can help you clean it up.
Oh geez! I just saw another bunny ear. Gotta run!