For years I wore a luxurious bubble-gum pink robe most winter mornings. It felt like what I imagined being blanketed in fluffy a cloud felt like, wrapped up in a warm hug. This robe was so decadent to my senses and I never noticed any unpleasant scent when wearing this robe. It had been washed on occasion, but didn’t really need to be washed often since I just wore it over my clothes like a blanket for added snuggly warmth. My husband, however, would often turn his head in agony at the putrid aroma that hit his nose. “Honey your robe smells awful!!!” Recently, he even went to the store and purchased me a brand new robe for our anniversary (even nicer than the one I had worn and loved for years) to replace my “stinky” one. In fact our son had gone shopping with Steve and when they came home he said, “mommy, we got you a new robe!” Little did he know it was supposed to be a secret 🙂 Anyway, I never could smell anything wrong with the robe…even with my nostrils pressed deep into the silky fibers…didn’t smell anything remotely bad…just pure bliss! But ask Steve & he couldn’t handle one whiff! After I took the tags off the new one, he marched the old one out to the trash to be carried away by the garbage truck!
I got to thinking about the “stinky” robe…how it relates to the things in our life that “stink.” Some of those things that stink could be gossip, addictions, bad attitudes, bitterness, complaining…you know…all those things that we get so comfortable with and become part of our daily life. Unfortunately, these habits and attitudes may actually cause us to be completely repulsive to others, or even worse…we drag others into that mess with us and like Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch, we find ourselves living in TRASH!
Awhile back I had a job where I would go into people’s homes to do paperwork. One home in particular smelled so awful to me upon the first inhale that I began to gag uncontrollably!!! The owner of was talking to me and carrying on as though she couldn’t smell a thing, but I had toxic tears streaming down my cheeks because I could barely breathe without gagging! About an hour had passed and the rottten smell continued to consume me! I tried to suck it up and hide the fact that her house smelled like a vat of rotten sewage with a side of a herd of dead mice, but the heaves continued to consume by body. She didn’t even seem to notice because it was her COMFORT ZONE!
We may not even realize we stink or think we do, but when a close friend or loved one starts to gag in our presence, it could be a tell-tale sign that something has gotta go in our lives. All too often we LOVE the comfort of our stinky sin, don’t we? When we wrap ourselves in the “comfort” of sin…perhaps because the pain of change is worse than the pain of staying in our stinky sin! It may be those seemingly less “stinky” sins that we don’t recognize readily that keep us in the sludge…talking about the neighbors behind their backs, continuing to watch the TV shows or movies that send our conviction-o-meters soaring, holding on to unforgiveness…the list could go on and on. But how do we know if our heart stinks? What if we don’t find anything wrong with what we are doing? The best way to determine our freshness is not through our own sniff test, but through the inspection of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s take a look at a man who did just that…one of my favorite players in history is King David. Anointed as king as a young boy, God saw that he was fit for the job because he had a heart after God. But as time went on, the lure of sin drew his heart far from God. King David allowed the sin in his life to take the place of his love and reverence for God. It wasn’t long, and his heart was filled with murder and adulterous lusts that was keeping him from the path that God had for him. Nathan the prophet came to King David in 2 Samuel 12:1-4 and in a nutshell, dumped out the trash of King David’s downward spiral direction. If you’ve read this story before, maybe you remember how he responded when he realized what he had done? He said in vs. 13, “I have sinned against the Lord.” When we choose to live in a comfort zone of ish, we can either stay there, or we can ask for God to forgive us, cleanse us and move along into greater victories! Way to Go King David!
Take a look at how King David chose to respond as the reality of the trash in his heart came to a head. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
King David asked for God’s searchlight to shine on his heart and see if there was anything putrid or offensive in his heart towards his King, God the Father! King David went directly to the ONE who could not just Febreeze the fabric of his heart to cover the smell, but to truly give him a clean and new heart.
God wants to do that for all of us today! Each and every day start by asking God to search your heart and let you know if there is anything that smells rotten to Him. When He shows you what needs to go, confess it as sin, and be ready to receive forgiveness from Him! When that sin is confessed and we turn away from it, get ready to be robed in His fuzzy pink righteousness (ok, that’s a stretch…, I know…) and walk in a greater and sweeter relationship!
Would you pray with me?
Heavenly Father, I want my heart to be a pleasing aroma to you…a heart that you love to dwell in. Please search my heart now, and show me if there is anything there that needs to be taken out to the trash. (Take a moment and just listen….what is God nudging you to get rid of?) Please create in me a clean heart, O God! Renew me and help me to stand strong for you in this dark world with a heart that burns with love for you. Thank you for cleansing me, and giving me a new heart today! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Peace and Giggles to you! ❤