The Ceiling Fan

April 17, 2001
by Anne Russell

1 Corinthians 4:5b – He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. (NIV)

The ceiling fan in our sunroom is on constantly during the summer months. One day I stopped it, only to observe the dirt that collected on the outside edges. It was almost embarrassing to think that this fan had collected so much dirt and I had not cleaned it off. When the fan is spinning around, we don't see the dirt.

Do we, in our lives, move at the pace of a ceiling fan? Is that what we were designed to do? I think not. I believe God placed us here to live life to the full and to begin to enjoy the abundant life He has promised us. There are times when we are called upon to stop and observe the wrong we might have done. We are called to be observant, and both to cleanse ourselves of sin and to entertain the power of the Holy Spirit, inviting Him to fill our lives.

With help, I finally took the fan down from the ceiling. I took it apart and thoroughly cleaned it.

Sometimes when we let things go too long, we leave ourselves unattended and are more open to Satan's ways. Have we taken time to stop and observe our hidden sin? Or are we going too fast to see it? Let us pause for a time of prayer to remove the old self and take on the new; let us take time to be with our God and make things right.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us when we fill our lives with too many things. When we fail to take the time to be with You, help us to slow down, to be observant and to be obedient to Your way. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Anne Russell <anbrussell@rogers.com>
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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