Real Life Moments: The Fridge Cleaning Mission for Wisdom

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Wait…What? The Fridge?

That was my initial thoughts on a Saturday afternoon as I sat alone talking with God about life. I was pouring out my heart and soul, laying all of my brokenness and confusion down at His feet, and as I desperately pleaded for wisdom and guidance, I got still and eagerly anticipated to hear from Him. When in the stillness I heard a whisper, “Go and clean out the fridge.” Wait…What? The Fridge? “Go and clean out the fridge.” I sat there very confused for a few moments and said, okay Lord. I’m not sure why You want me to clean out the dirty, stinky fridge, but I know You always have something to teach me. Besides, it was almost the first of the month and time to go grocery shopping, so this will be good.

As I opened the refrigerator door there was a horrible smell that took over the entire room. I wasn’t sure what it was just yet, but I knew this was going to be interesting! Sure, I could gag and be a girl, or I could be a scientist digging to find the mystery in the fridge that had enough power to change the entire atmosphere before me. Okay, okay, so I gagged, but I am a girl!

As I started to pull things out from the back that looked as if it could have been a part of my 3rd grade science project, my mind started wandering. What is it God is wanting to teach me in this? How could this be the answer to my prayer for wisdom and guidance? My family will tell you I have an over analytical mind and I need to know the reasoning behind things, the answers, the facts, the truths. So I started digging and well, to be honest, I had a lot more of that gagging reflex going on than I really cared to admit.

I pulled out a garbage bag, shook it open, and got ready for the mission of guidance and wisdom before me. Garbage bags began to meet what definitely over stayed their welcome, including moldy ham and cheese from the top drawer. It seemed as if no matter how much I threw away, the smell wasn’t going with it!

Just then, I pulled out the bottom two drawers and WHAM! Mayday, Mayday, Whoa! Houston, we found the problem! There laid the stink just beneath the drawers, all hidden where no one could see it, but everyone could smell it! What was it? I have no clue! I don’t think a scientist in the world could have figured out that mystery! So I filled one of the drawers with hot, soapy water, grabbed a dish cloth and a big plastic spoon to scrape it away (yes, it was that bad). I would like to say the gagging phase of this mission was over, but…ahem, yeah, not so much.

I scrubbed and scraped and wiped clean for what seemed like forever. I thought to myself, this is good enough, that was a lot of work. But something inside of me kept saying, keep scrubbing, you have to get every speck of it out of there. The scrubbing continued until every last piece was gone.

Before I knew it, the fridge was cleaned out, it smelled good, and it shined. It was ready to receive more groceries and had plenty of room for the good stuff. The whole time I was cleaning, God was speaking to me. In spite of the commotion, I could hear His still small voice whispering right into the depths of my heart. So what did God have to say through this fridge cleaning mission?

First, in any and all situations where we’re seeking guidance and wisdom, we must start by cleaning out everything in our heart that doesn’t belong there. Over time we all let things build up in our hearts we meant to get rid of but instead pushed to the back and left sitting there. Just like the moldy cheese and ham I pulled out of the top drawer, we have things in our heart that if we let sit there one second too long, it becomes like mold that takes over.

Second, dig deep, get it all, and don’t leave a single trace or the stink will stay. Most of the time those things we leave deep in our hearts are hidden to us, but the stench fills the atmosphere around us and everyone smells it. If I would have left just one tiny piece of whatever was hidden beneath those drawers, the smell would have stayed and all that work would have been for nothing. We have to let God clean out the deep and hidden places of our hearts and not leave one single trace or the stink will stay.

Finally, when we surrender to Him and let Him scrape away everything that doesn’t belong in our hearts, it makes room for the good stuff! Our hearts are clean, prepared and ready to shine for Him. We can’t receive what He has for us if our hearts are full of attitudes, sin, bitterness, anger, deception, or any stink. We have to let God get every speck of it out of there.

The bonus reminder was we can only remove things from our own hearts, not anyone else’s! Now, if that isn’t a wisdom nugget worth millions that will save us more heartache than we could ever imagine, I’m not sure what is. God reminded me that day that I am only responsible for what’s in my heart. I can’t change any other, and it’s always best and most important to start with my own, and He will take care of the rest. After all, we have to guard our hearts because everything we do flows from it. I’m thankful that when I prayed for wisdom that day God delivered it abundantly. When we ask, He gives generously without finding fault.

God has a way of teaching us things that we may not understand when He leads us there but it’s always worth obeying. If you’re going through something today and looking for wisdom and guidance, trust Him and where He’s leading You. It’s going to be good! 

Bottom Line Truth:
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” {Luke 6:45}

Lord, help us to open our hearts to You and surrender what we’ve kept buried for too long. We want to be clean and ready to receive all that You have for us, the abundant life You have promised. Please don’t leave a speck of the stink! ~In Jesus Name, Amen.