When I decided to let the door knocking vacuum cleaner sales guy come and spend two hours of my time I asked God to give me the opportunity to share my passion – Jesus.
God answered my request. I got two separate opportunities to talk Jesus with the young salesman and a chance to share God’s grace to his boss as well.
Little did I know that God had a lesson for me as well. Did you know that most carpet shampooing cleans actually leave water in your carpet that turn the dirt to mud? If you step on it while it is wet all that mud and dirt rises to the surface and leaves your carpet looking stained. So that’s why they tell you not to walk on your carpet until it’s dry.
Did you know that fatigue can be a little like that wet carpet? Sometimes it takes fatigue, illness or PMT to bring our true thoughts and feelings to the surface. The biological change brings out our emotions and if we look carefully we can see the mud and stains of issues that are hiding just below our feet. Do you think God made us like this on purpose? I suspect He might of.
Mostly we just hide it, our fatigue and the thoughts and feelings that surface too. “It’s only the exhaustion (illness, hormones) talking” we tell ourselves and those around us. “I didn’t really mean that. That isn’t how I really feel.”
Maybe next time we feel emotional – be it teary or angry or irritable – we should ask God to show us if our carpet is just wet or if there is some mud there that we need to seek out and ask Him to clean out properly for us.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10