Dishes, dishes, dishes…
Clean-up time, after quite a lot of activity. Dishes all over, floor needs a sweep, surfaces need to be wiped. The curtainwindow are closed. Quite a state. I begin by sweeping the floorwiping the surfaces. A little more presentable, the place is. Then I begin with the dishes, first I organize them, then deal with cups, then cutlery, then saucepans….though I badly would like the bright sunshinecool breeze outside, I figure I must not open the window or even curtain because the kitchen is still quite a sight. After I’m done, however, I begin with the curtain,the whole room brightens up. Then after having everything in its place, I open the windowthe refreshment is heavenly.
I think God does the same for us when He has a big purpose about each of us. He recognizes that we are a long ways of from His ideal for us,decides to work on us. He chooses the privacy to shield us from the neighbors, onlookers, spectators, idlerspassersby. Our lives are in quite a state. And although progress is evident, we wouldn’t be of much help to one another with our ongoing experience. Then after He’s done,has placed all things where they ought to be, He opens the curtain. The world can now take in the transformation,thanks to being settled, we can now coherentlycalmly tell our experience, wizened by experiencetime. Then everybody’s now looking onwanting to know what happened. It is then that He opens the windowlets them in,provides a channel for us to share our experience with Him,in a timemanner that blessesedifies those who hear.
I think we need to appreciate every stage of our life, especially when having the conviction that God is leading us to greatness. Let us remember that in times of obscurity, He is shielding us from a lot of harm, discouraging criticsdampness…and in the long run allowing people to focus on His glory rather than the messes that we are. Funny, how, how a kitchen experience so makes us reflect on our lives.