My husband and I spent last weekend winterizing the garden. Raking leaves – bagging leaves and adding some to the compost. Front and back the gardens looked – well – tidy again. Frost-bitten annuals were removed and all we could see was the green of the lawns again with flower beds devoid of fallen leaves.
Overnight a strong breeze could be heard outside and, yes you’ve guessed it, all our efforts appeared to have been in vain. Where we cleared and cleaned was once more leaf covered.
Sin can be like that. We allow all kinds of it into our hearts, minds and spirits, allowing it to accumulate until we are overwhelmed by it. We try to change our ways and clean ourselves up spiritually, changing one wrong and containing others, but a breeze in the darkness of the recesses of our minds takes over and litters our thoughts again. Result? What we had attempted to clean up is once again cluttered and unruly. Untidy to our eyes. How must it look to God’s? All our good intentions apparently meaningless, yet for a while seemed effective.
Ecclesiastes 1:3 – What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? (NKJV)
Ecclesiastes 1: 6 – The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit. (NKJV)
We can try to clean up our acts, but if we do not have God in our lives those efforts will be meaningless. Sin will keep on returning to our lives, like a disruptive breeze and we will continually strive to make a difference to lifestyles or thinking patterns – but until we halt trying to do it alone and leave the inevitable clean up to God – nothing much that we do will make a lasting difference.
Prayer: Abba, we ask You for guidance and for wisdom and discernment, as we try to eradicate all that is not of You in our lives. Amen