For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. – 2 Corinthians 4:17
“I am making a mess!”
I quickly looked to my left. I couldn’t see what she was talking about. At first glance everything looked perfectly fine. The surface of the counter was clean. Small chunks of meat were on the cutting board. That was expected.
She was cutting meat into small pieces in preparation for the curry chicken pot.
“A piece of the meat fell between the cracks.”
She sounded a bit distressed. It wasn’t really about the chicken. There was more happening. I understood. There was no need for a discussion. I could feel her pain. Something had to be done immediately. I wanted with all my heart to soothe her. There were some things though that I knew had to run it’s course. This was one of them. God had to have His way. He was removing somethings that had fallen through the cracks.
I did the best I could.
“Don’t worry about that. I will get that for you.”
I quickly retrieved the broom from the cleaning closet. I tried to push it in the space but it was slightly bigger. Something tall and slender was needed for the narrow space.
“Ah! The broomstick will work”, I thought.
It was quickly unscrewed from the base.
One more thing was needed. Light! The space had to be illuminated. I flicked on the overhead light. The broomstick was gently pushed into the narrow space and used to pull the meat out.
My mind immediately reflected on our heavenly Father. Sometimes we as His children are making a mess but if we allow Him, He will step in and clean up the mess. There are things that we do at times that fall through the cracks. Some things that are not visible on the outside. To everyone around we are doing fine. We have the look. We have the shout mastered. We have the walk mastered. We look like a finished work on the outside. Underneath it all there is stuff that needs to go. A narrow space need to be cleared.
When we call to our Savior He answers. The spotlight is placed on the situation. Under the glare of the spotlight we are uncomfortable. We writhe. We moan. We squirm. We seek to run from the extraction process.
Our mind tries to understand why this pain is necessary. Surely this is not a big deal. It is but a small thing. What we do not understand is that it is similar to a little pustulent sore. If left unattended the infection will get worst. It can lead to gangrene infection. God understands this. To extract the pus He applies pressure. The slight affliction pushes it out.
Very often we do not like what is being done. Our desire is for it to be extracted without any pain or exposure. That unfortunately is not God’s way. He will first cast a light on it. What is hidden must come to light. Only then can it be extracted and eradicated.
I observed that small pieces of meat and blood were splattered on the counter wall. We quickly wiped it. The narrow space was also sanitized.
She was then moved to a bigger space. Dirty dishes and other containers were cleaned and removed from the rest of the counter. A bigger space was now available for use.
There is absolutely no problem that He cannot heal us from. Absolutely no issue that is buried so deep that he will is unable to root it out. As we cry out to God, we must also expect that when He reaches down to remove things from the crack it may not be comfortable at the moment. It may be painful. We may be discomforted but we will be made much better for the process. When the process is complete God will move us to a bigger space. He will give us much more.