It was terribly annoying.
Every time I tried to use a hot air comb on my hair, it would overheat.
If I turned it off for just a second, it wouldn’t start again until it had cooled off.
This often took longer than I had hoped for.
It was probably time to get rid of it and buy a new one.
After all, it had been around awhile and it had served me well as long as it could.
One day, I decided to look at it closely.
In the area where the electric cord entered the dryer, there were vents for air.
Looking down inside, I could see what looked like a tiny gray "blanket."
With it unplugged, I tried using a couple of pin-like things to try to dislodge what I was seeing.
There was a covering of thick lint that had collected under the vents.
After working at it for awhile, I removed most of the obstruction.
Would it help?
It was time to give it a try….
Hot air came and kept coming.
A thing of the past.
Good as new!
Tip top shape!
In the game again!
This morning, as I was getting ready for work, I thought about what had occured with my hot air comb.
I also thought about what happens to us, also.
How many times have we felt like giving up?
After all, we’ve been around awhile, working hard at all we do.
We’ve served God as long as we could, right?
It might just be time for someone new to step in, since we seem to have lost the vitality that was once there.
Overheated and exhausted, it’s seems like the best thing.
Have we checked with God about it?
Have we looked a little closer at the situation?
Have we been taking in the dust and debris from the work we’ve been doing?
Has it collected into a blanket of weariness that keeps us from being renewed by the fresh air that God can give us?
You know that dirt I’m talking about.
The particles of criticism or the residue of broken relationships.
Sorrow and doubt.
The dusty blanket of our own sin.
If we don’t let God clean it away, it sticks to us, causing an eventual fatigue that will render us unproductive and worn.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be rid of it all?
Don’t you want to be good as new, in tip top shape, back in the game again?
Ask God to clean away the lint.
Brush away the dirt and dust.
There’s no sense overheating when we don’t have to.
He can renew our lives—spiritually, physically and emotionally.
It’s time, isn’t it?
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.—Psalm 51:10