Swept

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Daily cleaning can be so hum-drum. One of those things that I find myself mindlessly doing since it seems to be so ongoing and endless; nevertheless, it needs to be done. As I swept my floors today, my mind somewhat drifted, and I noticed how differently I sweep compare to my husband (LOL).I do it multiple times a day. My intent is a bit different than his. My efforts ~ a little diluted with monotony. I am just trying to maintain- to keep it somewhat orderly, while I simultaneously manage several other thoughts in my head, tasks at hand, and children running about. He, on the other hand, doesn’t get to do it as often, but when he does, furniture is moved, rugs are lifted, and all sorts of everything gets swept up in his piles. Missing socks turn up, long forgotten toys resurface, and plenty of hidden dust is revealed. So many things once hidden under the surface of necessary household furnishings are now swept out to be cleaned and dealt with. Often, while he is sweeping, it feels dirtier than it did before he began; however, when he is all done, there is no doubt that it was worth it. Sometimes, I feel a little ashamed of what’s been in hiding, but grateful that he and I are the only ones that see it.The end result is wonderful though.

The evaluation of this simple household chore led me to thinking about the condition of my heart. So often, in the midst of my busy life, I deal with things on the surface and can tuck it aside for later. Or, perhaps, in the midst of me thinking through obvious issues and trying to straighten them out myself (hence the problem), I overlook the greater issues that are just being covered up by the things which I have considered necessary furnishings of my heart…I am wholly unable to clean and heal my heart. I must lay aside my pitiful idea of a clean heart and trust my Father to do what He alone can do. You see…my idea of cleaning so often just dusts off the surface of what I see and leaves what’s under the surface untouched. Pride can temporarily cover insecurities, worry can cover my unbelief, busy-ness and social media can cover a lonely heart or give a false sense of purpose…greed, dishonesty, anger, and bitterness can all serve as defense mechanisms. There are so many things with which we decorate our lives in order to cover the deeper issue at hand. Perhaps, it’s pride. Perhaps, it’s unbelief. Perhaps, it’s lust. Perhaps, we haven’t even paused long enough to take a look at what’s really even there. Certainly, we don’t intentionally try cleaning our hearts with filth, but unfortunately, in the flesh, that’s about as good as we can do. Jesus is the answer and no other. Scripture teaches us the following:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? 10″I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds. Jeremiah 17:10

Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. 17″For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Luke 8:16 – 17

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
James 4:10 NKJV

Whatever it is that is hidden in the depths of our hearts, we must be willing to allow the Father to sweep it out into the open and deal with it with His Truth. It may be painful. It may be embarrassing to see the dirt, the broken pieces, or the mismatched emotions. It may even seem dirtier to allow Him to work through it all with you, but in the end, it will all be well and clean! It will be better than it was before and during the cleaning. There will be a sense of lightness, freedom, and gratitude about your days. From that ~ there’s joy! May the following Psalm be the cry of each of our hearts as we humble ourselves before the only One who makes crooked paths straight and broken hearts healed.

Psalm 51
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
3
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
4
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,[a]
And blameless when You judge.
5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
7
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8
Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9
Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
10
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
14
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16
For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
18
Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19
Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;

Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar. (NKJV)
 
                                                                ~ Mika Hernandez
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