Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Filtering Floaties

Have you ever noticed that if anything is going to breakdown it will happen when the husband is away? That just happened in our home. My husband was out of town for five nights and our pump kicked off and refused to restart—but God is so good! It didn't happen until the fifth night and our well and pump house is such that we can easily bucket water to the house.

Because we have such a good spring, our water is very clean, but I still ran it through a coffee filter before putting it into our water pitchers. I was amazed by all the little floaties and grains of sand that the filter caught—things I hadn't noticed when I quickly glanced in the jug. I was very thankful for the filter and the good job it did.

The Holy Spirit acts like a filter in our lives. He strains out the floaties and grains of sand—the impurities, leaving us cleaner, more pure and more fit for service. But how many times do I resist the filtering process? It took a lot of extra time to filter enough water for our large family—there's nothing fast about a coffee filter in a wire mesh strainer! But the thought of drinking those floaties, and who know what else, is even more unpleasant.

In order to be as pure as possible for my Lord, I need to allow my life to be run through the filter, even though it takes time and isn't always pleasant or easy. Just like I don't want to serve a glass of water filled with floaties to anyone, I don't want to stand before my Lord with a life full of impurities.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
~Psalm 139:23-24

6 comments:

  1. What a great analogy! When I read the title, I figured it would be about a wee one drinking out of your cup! ;) Thank you for sharing your amazing insights with us. I hope your hubby gets home soon to first be back with the family and second to fix that pump for you! Blessings to you!

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  2. Yikes! I'd hate to see the strainer after filtering me! INcredible teachable moment, I'd say, and I will agree to at least ask the Lord to help me with the filtering process. Thanks for the admonition.

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  3. Wow, Peej! Wow. What a lesson to be learned here! So glad Jim made it back safe and sound, too. Love you so much, Peejers!

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  4. EXCELLENT wisdom there, my dear. I definitely needed that message this morning. Easy often is NOT God's desire, is it?

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  5. Awesome analogy. I don't want to stand before our Lord with a life full of impurities either.

    Everything falls apart when my husband is gone too. Why is that?

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  6. I have a lot of excess floaties in my life. I'm glad that he keeps filtering them out little by little. :)

    You always have a great way of relating normal day to day tasks to our Christian walk. It always gives me a great new perspective. Thank you for sharing this.

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