Have you ever noticed that if anything is going to breakdown it will happen when the husband is away? That just happened in our home. My husband was out of town for five nights and our pump kicked off and refused to restartbut God is so good! It didn't happen until the fifth night and our well is such that we can easily bucket water to the house.
Because we have such a good spring, our water is very clean, but I still ran it through a coffee filter before putting it into our water pitchers. I was amazed by all the little floaties and grains of sand that the filter caught--things I hadn't noticed when I looked in the jug. I was very thankful for the filter and the good job it did.
The Holy Spirit acts like a filter in our lives. He strains out the floaties and grains of sandthe impurities, leaving us cleaner, more pure and more fit for service. But how many times do I resist the filtering process? It took a lot of extra time to filter enough water for our large family--there's nothing fast about a coffee filter in a wire mesh strainer! But the thought of drinking those floaties, and who knows what else, is even more unpleasant.
In order to be as pure as possible for my Lord, I need to allow my life to be run through the filter, even though it takes time and isn't always pleasant or easy. Just like I don't want to serve a glass of water filled with floaties to anyone, I don't want to stand before my Lord with a life full of impurities.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
Patty Wysong is a Christian wife and homeschool mom of 5 who is passionate about wrapping lessons in pretty packages that will point others to God.