DayBreaks for 07/12/13 – The Dirt of Daily Failure
FROM THE DAYBREAKS ARCHIVE, July 2003:
We recently had our lawn in Maine seeded. Wouldn’t you know it – the people who were supposed to have landscaped the yard didn’t get it sloped in the right places and we had some rather large puddles of water that I dubbed “Lake Dalrymple”. It turned out that on the day after the rain started (it was still raining!), we were to have an open house as we tried to sell our home in anticipation of our move to California. I didn’t want the big water puddles to be too visible, so I got on my rain jacket, boots and work gloves and went out into the rain to shovel dirt into the “lake”. About 2 hours later, I was fairly satisfied with my effort – but I was a mess. My jeans were caked with mud, my boots were filthy, my gloves were awful, and I had worked up a huge sweat.
It reminded me of days long ago on the farm in Iowa when we would bale hay. The summers were hot and humid. It didn’t matter if you were up in the haymow of the barn, or riding the wagon in the field, stacking the hay onto the hay rack: your arms would very quickly be covered with greenish-brown hay dust and it would turn into a consistency like mud from the sweat pouring off your body. Believe it or not, those are good memories.
Work like that shows how dirty we can get. Even if we hold white collar jobs, we can still get dirty every day by the dirt of daily failure. There isn’t a day goes by but we are surrounded by dirt and it is very hard to avoid getting some of it on us, isn’t it? Our failures (either in word, action, thought, or in items left undone that should have been tended to) attach themselves to us as we go through each day. At the end of those days working with the Iowa hay, I longed to get clean at night – to get the itchy stuff off as soon as I could.
It’s been a long week. How’d you do at keeping “clean”?
Our daily contacts with world make us in need of cleansing as often as not. We need time to get rid of the filth, to get refocused on what is important, to clean up and make ourselves presentable to the King. Perhaps that is why the Lord’s prayer infers daily communication (“Give us this day…”). God knew what a mess we’d get ourselves into and He also knows how to clean us up again. All we have to do is come to Him…and try harder to stay clean tomorrow.
Copyright 2003 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: How wonderful it will be when we no longer get covered with dirt of any kind! Thank you for your promise to clean us and make us presentable before the King! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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