I took some time this week to do a chore I had been putting off. I’d like to say I was putting it off because it’s been hot, but really,I just haven’t felt like doing it.
I use Norwex cloths for cleaning, but I use the body cloths most often and have a small collection of them. Over time, I find they start to absorb less and less water which says to me that it’s time to deep clean them.
To deep clean them, you boil water, add some of their powdered laundry detergent, and put the cloths in for about ten minutes. There should be enough water in the pot to allow the cloths to tumble freely, which releases all the trapped in dirt and grossness that the microfiber cloths hold on to so tightly.
By the end of the ten minutes, the water looks pretty gross. What started out as clear and clean ends up being a dingy gray when you pour it down the drain.
Rinse and scrub the cloths against themselves to release even more trapped dirt under warm water, then repeat until the boiling water is no longer gray at the end of the ten minutes. I then pop them in the laundry with the rest of the towels and voilà, they are like new again.
Browsing through Facebook this week I saw a picture someone posted that reminded me of this scenario. It said something along the lines of “Maybe you aren’t in deep waters to be drowned, but to be cleaned.”
When we’re going through hard times and feel like we’re just tumbling around, trying not to drown, perhaps it’s just another way God cleans us, restores us back to being whole and clean again, makes us like new.
Maybe he isn’t trying to drown us.
Maybe that’s just our perspective.
Maybe he’s trying to clean and restore us.
Maybe we need to change our perspective.
Sometimes, I do not want to change my perspective. I want to have a pity party and feel sorry for myself and be miserable, but for some reason, all that does is make me and everyone around me miserable.
Perhaps we are not going through deep waters and getting churned about in the waves to drown us. Perhaps we are being cleaned. Made new. God has to get us to realize we are holding on tightly to things that are keeping us from more fully absorbing him, the Living Water, so we go through processes of cleaning until we let go of all the dirt that’s holding us back.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.2 Corinthians 4:16-17