How are you? Hope you had or are having a good Easter.
A heads-up! If you’ve not had your meal yet, I would like you to read this after the meal.
Somehow I had an unpleasant experience of smelling the stink of poo misplaced on the toilet, not in the toilet. It made me realize poos smell less when they are in water. But, if they are in the air, I think they smell much stronger. I thought of my doggie’s poos and babies’ diapers. If you are a parent, you might have the experience of changing diapers of your kid or kids. I’m not a mom, but as an aunt, I changed the diapers of my niece and nephew long ago, when they were around. Sometimes, I noticed they had pooped when they cried. Other times, I knew that from the smell in the air. Other times, I caught the moment of their pooping from their facial expressions.
Now, I would like to ask you to imagine you’re a parent of twin babies and both of them pooped at the same time and you need to change the diapers of two of them. Imagine an elder brother boy who pooped a little lesser than his younger brother says to him, “Bro, you stink! You pooped so much! Look at you!” But, no matter whether it’s a scoop or a teaspoon of poo, it’s poo, and it stinks! You would be uncomfortable with the smell and you would want to change their diapers as soon as possible. But, even when they smell so bad, you still love them so much. You love them, but you can’t stand the smell. Not only the unpleasant smell itself, but you also know it would harm their skins.
After I realized from a certain occasion my pride and criticism in my heart out of the religious spirit and repented of them, the unpleasant experience of smelling the poo came into my mind, during my meditation of the Scriptures. I realized that I was criticizing others for their bigger poos, while I still stink from my poo. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, but He can’t stand our stink, because He is holy. He can’t stand our sins, whether it looks small or big. Holiness can’t share any bit with sins. And He knows they will only lead us to death. Yet even when we were sinners, He still loved us. So, He wipes us out by His grace. Babies just cry to ask their parents to change their diapers. They are simply helpless. They can’t do anything on their own.
I listened to Pastor Joe Sweet’s sharing one of his dreams where he encountered Jesus, when he talked about meditation. In reality, he used to meditate His words, lying on his belly with his arms crossing one another, on the floor of his room at home or his office room in the church. Then in his dream, Jesus appeared and He made the same posture on the floor as Pastor Joe did during the meditation of His words. Jesus lied on his belly, facing him, arms to arms. Pastor Joe was simply in awe. Later, when Jesus was about to leave, he touched His hand, wanting Him to stay longer with him. At the very moment, he felt his own hand sweating and he felt Jesus didn’t like it. So, he pulled back his hand away from Him. Pastor Joe explained the dream, saying the priests were not supposed to wear wool, but linen. Wool makes them sweat and sweat means our work. Many times, we think we are approved by the Lord, if we read the Bible for an hour or if we pray longer. And we would think we are better than before, if we give more to the poor or we fast more and read the Scriptures more. But we are sweating! Not only we sweat, we tend to criticize others, if we think they are not up to par in our own standard. We all need to realize we are helpless, just like babies waiting for their diapers to be changed. We must cry out to our Heavenly Father for His grace and mercy. By His grace and the precious blood of Jesus only, we become clean and we become carriers of His Presence, His fragrance, not the stinky smell anymore.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:14~15)
I pray that we are like a baby and cry out for His grace and mercy, knowing we are helpless. We stop sweating, but we stay in the relationship with our Father. If Jesus abides in us and we abide in Him, we won’t stink, but diffuse the fragrance of Jesus.
Have a bliss!
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:4~10)