I’m always on the search for a great bathroom cleaner. I want a cleaner that does lots and requires little. A miracle scrubber, if you will. So, it was with this mindset that I was cruising the Sparkle aisle at the grocery store. You know the Sparkle aisle; it’s where you find every product to make your home sparkle. There it sat between Tilex and Scrubbing Bubbles. Scrub Free.
Friends, I have been in the prison of scrubbing for too long and I was ready to be free at last. With gentle hands, I placed that bottle of expectation right on top of the Cap’n Crunch and quickly wobble squeaked my way to the cash register.
The anticipation was too great, and I found myself longing to clean the shower. First, I sprayed the shower down and wiped away the cleaner per instructions. Sadly, the soap scum remained. But I wasn’t going to give up. They couldn’t have named it Scrub Free if you really had to scrub, could they?
I tried again. This time I sprayed the shower down from top to bottom, shut the door, and let it sit. The lemony aroma sang opera in my nostrils vacillating on a high note. I went about my business to return in an hour. My green sponge and I approached the shower with caution. With one great swoop, I tested the wall. A little came off but oh, how I longed for more. Half clean wouldn’t do it for me. I wanted to feel the smooth of the shower walls film-free.
I sprayed again. This time leaving it for hours. When I returned and wiped the walls and floors, angels sang. I would be doing you wrong if I didn’t entreat you to go out right now and get you a bottle. Now some of you are thinking that leaving it for hours was entirely too much work in itself.
But friends, I have to tell you that soap scum didn’t coat my shower walls after one shower or even two. It was the build-up of many, many showers. So I found it fitting that it took some time for Scrub Free to really kick it into gear.
Y’all know where I’m going with this? Sometimes the sin in our lives builds up so much that we need to be coated in God’s Word and let it sit a while. Now God’s forgiveness takes place instantly, friends. But how long does it take us to let go of the sin so there is no trace in our lives? How long until the walls of our heart are smooth and sin-free?
I need a shower every day. If I don’t take one, I stink. No nice way to say it. I also need to cover myself with God’s Word every day. Sometimes it needs to soak a while. Now here is the great part. If you keep using Scrub Free on your shower on a regular basis, the bottle tells me soap scum is less likely to build up on your walls. Same goes for God’s Word, apply it daily to help keep sin away. And you’ll smell good, too!
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 NIV
Ok…I am going to go clean something! 🙂
Thanks for your insight. A blessing as always…
Very true!!! Very, very, very, very true!!!
Nice analogy there!
Hey, I want to tell you about a product which will allow you to never scub your shower again. It’s
called clean shower by arm and hammer. You just spray your shower after every use and BAM…no more scrubbing!
Seriously, I only wash my shower about once a month now because this product keeps away the mildew. Try it please! No woman should be stuck in the shower cleaning! 🙂
Your analogies are an amazing gift from God!
I LOVE this stuff. Use it weekly. Spiritual analogy there? Stay refreshed. Don’t let stuff build up between you and the Savior or between you and others. Thanks for this post that every single believer can relate to.
ok….squeaky & sparkly twins be my friends!
Scrubbed, Washed and stinkin' Good with the Water of the WORD….
Yep. Been there. Been scummy. Am presently soaking in some truths from His Word! 🙂
This is so great, Carol, as always!
Sorry I haven’t been by in a little while. With school starting back this week, life has been just a bit busy!
I’ll be back later to catch up on your story! 🙂
LOL! I just love your analogies! I’m glad that I am not the only person who get so excited about a new cleaning product that I can’t WAIT to get home and try it!
It’s always how amazing to me how good it feels to be forgiven after a season of unrepentance and disobedience. Getting rid of the soap scum, so to speak.
Only you can get a devotion out of scrubbing the shower. That’s why I love you so much.
had to come by and check out your post – after someone read my THANKFUL THURSDAY post on CLOROX CLEAN UP – they mentioned you also posted this week about cleaning supplies – sounds like God is up to something (and its more than making our bathrooms squeeky clean)! – blessings, Laurie
Love the analogy and what a great product recommendation as well! Great post!
So true — and I can say that I stink worse from missing my daily soak in His Word than I do from missing a shower 🙂 But I would NEVER be this excited about a cleaning product 🙂
Good point. Can’t wait to start scrubbing.