This summer after finishing a job I loathed, and gambling for joy by pursuing other part-time jobs that I would love, I have found myself working a smattering of odd, and whimsical jobs that have filled me with peace, and taught me quite a bit.
One of the jobs that I have been working, has been cleaning rooms for a local motel. This cozy little small-town inn is so utterly sweet that I just find myself smiling away the mornings that I work there. Every day, I head in for an hour or two to clean the six rooms that make up this little place.
Every time I open up the door to a room I am usually greeted with disarray in various forms. Some rooms have just a little water stain on the sink, and a dirty washcloths. Other rooms have blood spattered on the sheets from a runny nose, and overflowing wastebasket. I have found that there is no way to predict what any one room will look like. I cannot say with consistency what it will be like when I first step in the room, but I know what it will look like when I leave for the day, after I have cleaned it.
It is my job to step into those rooms–be they filthy or clean–and create a place of cleanliness, peacefulness, and freshness for when the visitors return. No matter what happened in the last twenty-four hours, it is up to me to get that room back to absolute perfection for them, every day.
And I love doing it. I adore the fresh, white towels. I take pride in setting out the lotion, and shampoo just right. And when I leave, I look back with a great deal of satisfaction that things are clean, and pristine.
I cannot help relating this feeling to God’s way of dealing with us, every day.
“Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: The LORD is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him” -Lamentations 3:22-24 (HCSB)
Every day, just like how I refresh these rooms, God is renewing his love for me. No matter what state my heart is in, or what has happened the day before–the Lord quietly steps into my heart, and He brings clean towels with Him.
I know He is acquainted with towels, for He used them to wash His disciples’ feet a long time ago.
God lavishes new beginnings, and fresh new starts on us. Even when we do not deserve them. He quietly goes about setting our heart to rights, when we invite Him in.
So, today, don’t be tempted to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. When He knocks, let Him in.