While we were gone last week, we thought we would take advantage of the opportunity of an empty house to have some much needed home repairs completed. Our bedroom floor carpet was a favorite “spot” for the cats that lived here before us, which quickly became our dog’s favorite “spot”. Ick. On top of all that, it was worn out, dusty, tread worn, etc. Our bathtub and bathroom were equally disgusting, as well as our kitchen floor. We decided to dive headlong, take the plunge, and get ‘er done all at once, since we are very close to done paying off our van and another small loan.
While we were in Florida, we got some surprising images sent to us of “what lies beneath” our bathtub and bathroom floor. Can you say mold? As in mold everywhere? Completely gross and disgusting. Needless to say, it took them longer than expected, but the guys got it taken care of, covered up and clean by the time we got home.
It really got me to thinking…what else is lying around that I don’t know about? Not so much around the house, but under the surface of me? What is living beneath the surface that is easier not to deal with… slowly and silently spreading? You can’t see it, but it’s there. Anger. Jealousy. Fear. Lots of stuff that needs to be cleaned up. Thank God for Jesus who makes it all possible.
It’s funny how these normal life incidences can really make you think. How about you? What lies beneath your walls?
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 1 Peter 1:5-9