“The Trash Has Already Been Taken Out!”
Ezekiel 11: 19-20
In the fall of 2013, while visiting with a friend in whom I had become quite fond of, I elected in taking up the liberties of “taking out” her trash. Fixated on fixing her waste management issue and completely impairing my own awareness to the implications of what could go wrong, I immediately offered my not-so-handy services to her.
Keenly unaware of the voluminous amount of matter inhabiting the trash bag and with no sense of what was about to happen, I tightly twisted the 13-gallon bag and gave no thought to the thin lining that was keeping all the trash on “inside” from spilling “out” all over the floor.
Rather, the human instinct we commonly refer to as impulsivity, had already intercepted any chance of me thinking twice about “helping” her out. Not to mention, my masculinity was on the line and restricted any resistance of me not responding to the task at hand.
But, let’s be honest, who can ever appreciate getting “cleaned up” before understanding first, the catastrophic chaos that comes with being in the middle of a big mess? And not until the aftermath of the mess that was to come, did any subsequent, spiritual truth spill out.
In a “rush” to check “trash” off of the chore list, I carelessly removed the twist tied container and with no caution to the principle of cause and effect, lifted the bag out of the trashcan and tossed it over my shoulder. As I began my journey through the kitchen and out of the house, the bag busted, belligerently billowing its waste on the swept and freshly shined floor.
Fumbling through the frustrating force that often accompanies having to clean up a mess, I felt a familiar sense of wonder flood over my spirit, foreshadowing a future event that would soon fasten my eyes to the unfailing favor that God’s forgiveness shows us throughout our lives.
During the latter portion of my last resource class the next day, two students quarreling over a trivial matter and unaware of my inquisition to the unseen truth, brought before the classroom judge, an unsettled “trial”.
On the docket appeared wrong and right, guilty and innocent and sentenced, but soon-to-be, set-free.
After settling the matter between the two 2nd graders, one of the students persistently pursued pardon for his remark towards the other boy. I vocalized to this individual that his plea had been stated, solidified and sealed in the forgiveness of the “defendant.”
Through a collective countenance and a consoled comfort now streaming from his voice, the second grade boy then replied with these words:
“You mean, like the phrase,
“The trash has already been taken out?”
Moments after hearing this spoken word, Ezekiel 11: 19-20 poured into my spirit, reminding me of the redeeming and restoring resolution we have in the Lord, Jesus Christ.
“And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and will give them a heart of flesh: that they may walk in my statues, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”
All we have to do is admit that we’re completely incapable of taking out our own trash, believe that Jesus has the power to take it out and choose to let Him!
Truth be told, Jesus doesn’t desire to just take our “trash” out; He’s devoted to taking the miry mess of our every struggle and transforming it into a message of mercy, hope, faith and love!
Has your “trash” been taken out, today?