It has been a good day; in fact, a most enjoyable day, but by the end of it a great wave of tiredness swept over me. It was like, one minute I was full of energy, and the next I felt so weary I just wanted to find someplace to stretch out and close my eyes.
When the moment came to do just that, I was then faced with a decision: take a shower before resting or wait until the morning. I toyed with the choice I had to make. A small thing, but in the moment of growing fatigue, the matter loomed large in my brain. Take it in the morning, my brain whispered encouragement to me. You’ll feel so awful sleeping dirty between clean sheets, indecision shouted loudly. Indecision won. I put myself in the shower.
Ohhhhh, how good that felt! Hot water beat down onto tired muscles, soothing away aches, replacing weariness with new vigor. Why did I ever even think of waiting till the morning?
Why do we toy with the same thoughts in our spiritual worlds? When we discover that we’ve let something into our lives that takes us a step away from closeness to our Father — why wait to make it right? When temptation wins a battle — why wait in misery before we take that spiritual shower, letting the Holy Spirit wash away all that is soiled in our lives?
Spiritual dirt is no fun. Just like physical dirt makes us feel yucky all over, so it is in our spiritual worlds. The longer we wait before taking a spiritual bath, the deeper grows our misery. Why do this to ourselves? Never wait till morning to take that shower; jump into Father’s arms right now with a repentant heart. Let His love and forgiveness replace your weariness with His own joy and renewed vigor.
To all who consider delaying that needed spiritual shower, consider the words found in Isaiah 1:18, “‘Come now, let’s settle this,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.'”