Sweet Baby Jesus, I think with 100% praise and 0% sarcasm.
In the same moment when I’m both on the bathroom floor at under the toilet rim level and inside the sink cabinet level, I see the ancient WD-40 can. Maybe I have seen the idea written on a meme or maybe someone wise mentioned it along the way, but I suddenly know exactly what I can do with said can.
First, I spray the rusty cabinet hinges. The doors adjust into their appropriate spots and squeak sounds disappear. Second, I spray under the toilet rim, wait, add bleach to the bowl, and scrub. Stubborn stains that I missed in past weekly scrubs begin to melt away. It’s a toilet gunk miracle.
And all this happened after a friend installed new sink faucets. Gasp! He may have seen the gunk pre-miracle. It also took place in the mostly off-limits for 20 years master bathroom. Guests don’t go there.
But now they do. In this challenging time for our family we’ve learned to be open. There’s not a single off-limits room now. Every step of the way has been about surrender.
Being honest with friends and strangers has led to more love than we could have imagined. People who love Jesus also found room to care about us.
One of my work philosophies is to meet people where they are without judgement and with listening ears. In recent weeks that same kindness has been reflected back to us. I see it in soft eyes and busy hands. We are down to packing, moving what’s left of our furniture, carpet installation and a thorough cleaning. This is doable. Thanks will never be enough. For my praying friends, please pray us through to the other side. Our bodies and minds are weary, but God’s love is strong.
Psalm 31:1-5 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.