As I woke up this morning, my oldest son was making coffee before heading out the door to work. As he was preparing it, I noticed he didn’t have a towel down on the countertop. (we have white counters) I also noticed a fresh ring of espresso on the counter that had been on the bottom of the carafe. Now, the oils in espresso stain deeply & quickly…thus followed my urgent plea to wipe it up. “I’ll get it in a minute,” he answered. What he didn’t understand was that it was going to be almost impossible to remove if he were to allow 60 seconds to go by. It needed to be dealt with now!
You know….I’m intrigued at how God chooses to speak insights to me through things like coffee. As I watched him wipe the coffee clean from the counter, Isaiah 1:18 came to mind…
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
This is referring to snow that has freshly fallen…that has not been trampled upon yet. And white wool…clear of imperfections or blemishes. This is the heart of God for our lives. For you! His best plan for us involves constant cleansing/refreshing. Along the road we will acquire blemishes and beatings….some from our own doing and others not so much. But He cleanses and heals us for two reasons:
1) He loves us at a depth we cannot understand.
2) He wants to involve us in His greater work.
Here’s the point. Unattended, our spilled coffee (sins) can begin to leave a noticeable mark. Quick! Ask Jesus to clean it up for you. Its often difficult to take the step….but we must hand Him the sponge.