Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (NASB)
Once again, I am sitting in the waiting room of the car dealership, waiting for my car to undergo a lube, oil, and filter change. The service department is also checking the air conditioner and brakes at the same time, and I anticipate much needed work and added debt on my credit card.
Another five thousand kilometres have come and gone.
A local newspaper, some advertising material, and pamphlets are strewn across a coffee table, surrounded by a few empty chairs. I am alone and waiting for an estimate. As I look around the room, I notice three hanging pots suspended from the ceiling. The pots are filled with fake green ivy. From afar, the green foliage is quite eye-catching, but upon taking a closer look, I see that the leaves are in dire need of dusting, perhaps even a good washing. This is a routine that needs to be repeated every so often in order to keep the ivy looking fresh and clean.
A similar routine needs to be followed in our spiritual lives as well. I am reminded of our daily need to converse with God and to read His word, the Bible, in order to be washed, refreshed, and renewed. Is our Bible collecting dust on a bookshelf in an upstairs room somewhere, or is it a constant guide, nearby and readily available? Are we in constant prayer or conversation with our heavenly Father, or are we too busy to give Him even a minute of our time? Are we too involved with things that are temporal, neglecting the eternal? Let us take a few moments to examine our lives and return to doing what God would want us to do.
Prayer: Thank You, God, for such things as waiting rooms and dusty hanging pots, through which You remind us that we need to spend more time with You. Refresh us again. Amen.