Friday morning and it was time to take out the kitchen trash. Things fell out on the floor as I put them in. Why do I do this? Most of the time I don’t have a problem taking out the trash, but this week, it was not on my to-do list. I squished the trash down as best I can to tie the bag shut. As I lift it out of the wastebasket, I discover the bottom of the wastebasket is covered with a nasty brown fluid. Yuck! And then I get a whiff, EWW! That’s when I remember the fish heads and guts at the bottom of the bag. The ones from the fishing trip my son and husband took Sunday afternoon. They’ve been sitting there for 4 1/2 days. Now a nasty, smelly mess to clean up. Not a good start to my day.
No matter how messy and smelly it was, it HAD to be dealt with. I couldn’t ignore it. So out to the garbage can it went. By the time I was done cleaning the wastebasket, it didn’t smell.
Life is sometimes like stinky fish. What do you try to ignore, cover up and forget about, only to have it resurface to deal with the aftermath? Anger? Bitterness? Resentment? Abuse? Neglect? Loneliness? Those painful items are the fish heads of your life.
Do you let those fish heads sit in the wastebasket? Do you cover them up hoping they will go away? Covering them up doesn’t make them go away or stop them from stinking. Those fish heads in your life may not smell like rotting fish, but they do stink up your life.
God doesn’t tell you to cover things up, he tells you to bring things to Him. “Cast your cares on him for he cares about you,” 1 Peter 5:7. To deal with fish heads and guts right away is less stinky and messy than waiting.
However, if you find yourself with stinky fish heads, then Jesus invites you to “Come to me, you who are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28. Jesus invites you to go to him, to lay your stinky fish at his feet, and he will heal the wounded spots in your life. He provides an invitation to healing and wholeness in Him.
But only if you dare to find the stinky fish and bring them to Him.
Do you dare?
I dared to clean the stinky wastebasket and bring my stinky fish to Jesus to experience healing and restoration. You too can experience healing and restoration. For “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus,” Philippians 1:6.
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