For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 ESV)
It started out innocently enough. The white electric kettle needed to be cleaned of an accumulation of lime-scale. My husband filled the reservoir with equal parts of water and vinegar and let it set as he busied himself with other projects. In the middle of a writing assignment, I was focused on my laptop and only half aware of his efforts.
But then it happened . . . with the smell of my most favorite cleaning tool (vinegar), the old ‘toothbrush mom’ rose from the dead and made her way into the kitchen.
You see, I used to suffer from an obsessive cleaning disorder. I’m not trying to be funny – I truly did. Visitors would come over and if one of them got up to use the washroom, I would twitch and fidget until I could find a reason to excuse myself and go and wipe out the sink and swoosh the toilet. When I vacuumed I would work backwards in order to make nice uniform tracks. Sometimes I would get up in the middle of the night to ‘sweep’ the carpet with a quiet contraption that allowed me to work out any footprints from my children and create clean tracks back into the fibers while they slept. As for the toothbrush name, well, I had old toothbrushes hidden in every room in order to get crevices and corners. I was a woman in bondage.
So back to our kettle. Having been freed from the burden of OCD cleaning a few years back, there are times when the old crazy cleaning freak comes to life – as she did today. As I wanted to do my part to assist my sweet man, I thought I could quickly wipe out the lime-scale and then get back to my writing. But, before I knew it, I was pulling off removable parts and getting a brush to clean every tiny little crevice. What should have been a quick five minute procedure soon became a task as no matter how much wiping and scrubbing I did, I would find another part that needed my attention. Before I knew it I was inching my way down the crease in the power cord, using my finger nail to release tiny crumbs and dirt.
Toothbrush mom still lives.
There are things from our past that Jesus has set us free from. But that old nature still struggles to live. We have to choose daily to walk in victory and to throw off the yoke of slavery.
So today, I chose to drop the cleaning rag, put the kettle back together and walk away. There are times when that is what we need to do . . . to stop, drop and roll from the temptations of our pasts. Jesus has called us out and desires us to walk in freedom.
Lord, forgive us for turning back and embracing the yokes of slavery from our pasts. Help us to crucify and keep buried the very things that used to keep us in bondage. Thank You for setting us free and calling us to walk in victory with You. Amen.
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