We are in a new home this summer. Just like the old house, this house has a pool. I’ve been working for a couple of weeks now, trying to get the pool ready to swim in. When I started, it closely resembled a swamp…complete with frogs! (Yuck!) I have worked diligently to clean everything out, but despite my best efforts and a ton of chemicals, I still don’t have it clear. The closest I’ve gotten is a weird, milky blue color. Because I had it that close and have scooped leaves and vacuumed, I assumed that the leaves were gone. Knowing that sometimes the best way to get the pool good and clean is to get in with the vacuum, I did just that tonight. I immediately noticed stuff hitting my feet and legs as I walked. Leaves! EWWW!
I couldn’t believe it. After all that work, even after I was convinced the leaves were gone, I was still fighting them. No wonder I can’t get the pool clean. The leaves harbor the very junk I’m trying to fight. So, I scooped leaves with a skimmer and plucked them out with my feet until it got dark. Tomorrow I will do it all over again. At first I got a bit discouraged, but then decided knowledge was power. After all, since I know what the problem is, I can fix it now, right?
As I’ve thought about my stupid leaves, I’ve thought about how closely that pool can reflect our lives. The Bible teaches us we are sinful at birth, sinful by nature. The longer we walk with the Lord and the closer we get to Him, the more like Him we will get. But, sometimes, things pop up in our lives that we didn’t know were there. Those things can be different for everyone. Maybe it’s fear. Or jealousy. Or lust. Or….the list goes on. And when those things pop up, we can get discouraged. Sometimes, it’s like my leaves., it’s a thing we thought we had conquered already.
But, just like my pool, knowledge is power. When God reveals a thing to you, that means He is ready to help you fix it. So, instead of getting discouraged, thank Him for the revelation and ask for His help. He is ready and willing to forgive your sin and give you just what you need to get past it!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them.