The sour smell of bad ventilation

Posted: October 15, 2008 in Cool Stuff just for you

In my daily quest to see God in the people and things around me I had a simple and yet profound ephiphany.

Years ago after getting home from a mission trip to Mexico I started smelling this very sour smell every time I would be in staff meeting, or at the altar of the church.  It really bothered me.  I couldn’t put my finger on where it was coming from.  I thought maybe someone had spilled a Latte in the conference room, and Ijust happened to be sitting by it.  Or in the church, maybe they had spilled their coffee and milk drink on the carpet.  I even started discreetly sniffing co-workers to see if they were having an odor or bathing problem.

This went on for about three weeks until one day I was praying for a situation and my nose itched.  I reached up to scratch my nose and became nauseated by the smell that attacked me.  Before we had left for the mission trip I had purchased a Wal-Mart seven dollar watch.  It had a cloth watch band on it.  Well after being exposed to extreme heat and working so hard on the building project in Mexico, my sweat had stained this band on my watch and was producing the most pungent odor!  IT WAS ME!  And it had been all along.

My point?  Sometimes we can blame others for our circumstances in life when in actuality we are simply blind to our behavior or circumstances.  We smell bad, but we blame everything around us.  I went ahead after realizing it was me stinking, and bought a plastic watch band.  The problem was solved when I threw out the gross smelling other one.

My reading in Matthew has been great, and this reminded me of the following section…

Matthew Chapter 3 -here it is in the message bible:

1While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. 2His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

3John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy:

Thunder in the desert!

Prepare for God’s arrival!

Make the road smooth and straight!

4John dressed in a camel-hair habit tied at the waist by a leather strap. He lived on a diet of locusts and wild field honey. 5People poured out of Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordanian countryside to hear and see him in action. 6There at the Jordan River those who came to confess their sins were baptized into a changed life.

7When John realized that a lot of Pharisees and Sadducees were showing up for a baptismal experience because it was becoming the popular thing to do, he exploded: “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to make any difference? 8It’s your life that must change, not your skin! 9And don’t think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as father. Being a descendant of Abraham is neither here nor there. Descendants of Abraham are a dime a dozen. 10What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it’s deadwood, it goes on the fire.

11“I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. 12He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”

You see, it is what is inside of us that produces the good or the bad smell!  I can’t blame others for my shortcomings.  I just have to accept the fact that I am not perfect, in fact far from it.  I deal with my attitude and my actions just like everyone else does.  I have to rely on the power of Christ to cleanse me and wash me up from the inside out.  Only He can do that.  I can’t do it on my own.  I keep buying cloth watch bands.  They stink.

My clogged up dryer vent

Preston Crow, a good friend of mine, came over yesterday and cleaned out our dryer vent.  He had so many cool tools.  He has a business on the side that he does this for  people.  He looked over our ventilation systemand said he didn’t think it looked too bad. 

After hooking up his huge vacuum and then using this big long roto-rooter type device to go through the pipe, he opened up the vacuum to see what had come out. 

You see for months our laundry has smelled sour.  Not horrible, but sour at times.  Well, the dryer wasn’t getting proper ventilation because the pipe was clogged with all sorts of lint from 10 years of laundry. 

Life Lesson:  I must make sure that the experiences and “lint” in my life doesn’t clog up the relationships I have with you and others thus turning things sour!

I suspect that I have lint clogging up my life and haven’t realized that parts of my life are sour.

My prayer today is that God would show me the areas where my ventilation system is clogged up.  That I will let him cleanse my heart, and forgive for real.  I so want to be used by Him to love others and help people know Him.  I don’t want a sour life, I want a fresh vibrant one.  You know, the way you feel when you put on that freshly washed and dryed sweatshirt.  The feeling you get and the smell you sense when it goes over your head and you put your hands in the warm fuzzy pockets.  🙂

Lord give me grace today to see my faults, confess my sins and accept your love and forgiveness.

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Here is what my prohetic devotional email said today:

October 15, 2008.  Rejoice. I just experienced an involuntary cleansing of my digestive system over three days. It’s still not over. The Lord says I am bringing a thorough cleansing of the fleshly and godless structures and systems that threaten to take down your ship. All the contaminated things will be eliminated. There will be plenty of time to repent and be cleansed. I am seeing to it that all involved will experience this cleansing. Some now and others later. The world must recognize that I am the Lord of all, with no exception. Everyone who calls Me “Lord, Lord” does not in fact belong in My kingdom but rather the kingdom of darkness. The day is coming when they will see the bright light of My presence in the earth. At that point, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that I am Lord. My spiritual kingdom will rule the earth. Rejoice.
1 Corinthians 15:46 “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.”  

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Comments
  1. tytanshammer says:

    powerful……..nothing to add here……you nailed it!

  2. Sherri says:

    Wow, this is very cool. Ouch.

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