Some of you may remember my story about my fountain that leaked. I loved that fountain, believed in it, and just KNEW it could perform as expected, if only I put a little more work into it. Well, last summer, she bit the dust. More work, more patching, more products, and about two weeks after the final application, she leaked. I was done…just done. So we replaced the fountain with a pool. You might say I’m asking for even more trouble, and you could be right. It did remind me, though, of what one of my youth group teens said one time that was so profound. I asked them what God did if He had called us to do something and we didn’t do it. This teen instantly responded, “He’ll replace us. He won’t wait on it or beg us anymore – He will just get it done!” That truly hit me – so true – if God has a work to do, He will get it done, whether we want to obey His call or not. The work will go on! I thought of that analogy when I replaced my fountain with a pool – that what my poor fountain got replaced with was something grander, more beautiful and more productive. And if only my fountain been faithful, think of what she could have enjoyed.
That leads me to today. As a new pool owner, I really have no clue how to take care of this thing. Tom and I are so busy, we haven’t even figured out how to backwash it (whatever that is), but we have heard that is part of the process. We barely know how to vacuum and clean out the filter. We have had great fun in the pool this summer with the grandkids, and I have actually really enjoyed coming home and swimming before bed, stretching out those legs that have cramped up by sitting all the time. It’s been so refreshing in this hot summer we’ve had.
But the rain this week has turned our pool into a green mess of algae, though, and I’ve been having to learn how to fight that. First I tried chemicals, then cleaning, then more chemicals, then was told to stir up the algae often so it can get in the filter. You name it, we’ve been trying it. And the fact that it has rained almost every day hasn’t helped. As I was lying in bed thinking about needing to get up and get on the daily “what now” with this green pool, I began to think about how as Christians, we sometimes get rained on. Or as nonChristians, we get rained on. The Bible tells us it rains on the just and the unjust. And I wonder how you behave when you get rained on? Do you begin to grow a cloak of green, full of negative attitude, “woe is me” talk, or do you dance in the rain, shaking off the potential bad effects, enjoying this challenge to see what God can do with it?
As I have stirred my pool and vacuumed my pool and treated my pool, I’ve grown weary of it. I’m tired of this algae. Oh, yes, it’s better than it was the first day when the algae was big and in clumps – now we just have smaller particles, but still a green tinge. Is that how we let God clean us up? He can scrape off the big pieces, but we’re holding tight to the dust, just so we can clump it together into a big whine if we need to? And He stirs us and stirs us, trying to get us to allow Him to clean that up, and we hold tight to that slime. Speaking of slime, I’ve thought that today I might have to get inside to clean with the vacuum so I can press harder, and do a better job - and you’ve got to wonder if God thinks the same thing: “I’ve cleaned them on the outside time and time again, but if they’d let me inside, I could zap that mess and be done with it.”
Why, oh why, do we hold on to things we know are harming us? Why do we walk around with a tinge of green over everything we say and do – and yes, other people see it – but we just need to hold that negative thing and stir it up every once in a while just so people will feel sorry for us or we can get some attention. Christians, there is a work to be done out in this world – and if you are a slimy mess, no one will want a thing to do with you, or with that God you say you serve….
Get out that chemical treatment (the Word of God) and fill your insides with His words and His presence, and I guarantee you, you will begin to feel that sweet clearness that is transparent and beautiful to behold, that refreshing pool that is like an oasis in this crazy world we live in....
My name is Teresa Evans. I am a wife to Tom, a retired Circuit Judge, and I am a court reporter by trade, a mother by God's grace and a lover of Jesus Christ. I've grown up in a family blessed with many miracles, and have received multiple miracles myself.