What is your favorite day of the week? I’m contractually obligated to say Sabbath. My husband says so. I’m kidding.
My favorite day: garbage day. It’s a day I get all kinds of scraps, yucky things, smelly things out of my house. And right now, there are a lot of smelly things. Like poopy diapers. Have you ever smelled a black banana peel? Or a week-old bowl of oatmeal? Yuck. Oh it feels so good to have those garbage bins empty, clean new trash bags in the trash cans, dust gone, snotty tissues gone, everything yucky is gone.
But one day, you know what happened, you won’t believe it. I was cleaning :). Do you think I clean a lot? Yes I do. Do you think you can tell? No you can’t. So anyways… I was cleaning. And I realized something awful. Something unfathomable. I was out of trash bags. There were no bags to be found. And I was sooo worried. Oh so distraught. I started piling trash up everywhere while I was waiting on your pastor to come home with a box of trash bags; there was no way for me to get rid of it until then. The more I gathered the trash in piles, the more it spread out. And outside, that day was a windy day. Terribly windy and stormy. And trash had started spreading to my Neighbors. Oh it was embarrassing. I couldn’t control my trash anymore. It was everywhere. I went to apologize but it was too late. Their yards had so much of my trash that had spread out and was yucky and wet now from the storm and the wind; it was absolutely impossible to even try to clean it all up until I had bags to put the trash in. Because I had to get rid of the problem first before I could start actually cleaning up: the problem was? I had no trash bags. My house looked like a garbage dumb. Deplorable.
I want you friends to know that, just like with physical trash, we can pile up spiritual trash in our hearts and minds. You can pile up sooo much trash that, when you have a stormy day, it can spread to your neighbors. You know who your neighbors are in this case? Your siblings, mommy, daddy, friends. The Bible tells us
“He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, even the princes of his own people!”
Psalms 113:7-8 NLT
If you feel like you’re in a garbage dump with your feelings and choices, don’t worry. Jesus will hand you however many trash bags you need in order to get yourself up out of it. You just need to ask him. But you still have to do the work to clean up the mess. But the good news that David tells us in Psalms is that if God washes us, we will be whiter than snow. So don’t let garbage pile up in your hearts. Garbage like bad choices, mean words, anger and yucky feelings or bad secrets. Bag that trash up and give it to Jesus on trash day. He will take it far far away and you’ll never see it again.