Have any Dried Oatmeal?

My wife and I recently moved into a new home. While we enjoyed the space and location of our previous home, and it was hard to leave it, we had many confirmations that this move was God’s direction at this time – not just one of our three year itches. With the move has come lots of joy and excitement because we believe God is positioning us for what He has next in our lives.

The excitement of new place is that, well – everything is new to you. But along with new comes the unexpected. For instance, our dishwasher has decided it has seen better days and is retiring. So for the past month we have revisited the art of washing dishes by hand. There is just something exhilarating about washing dishes by hand… sorry, I digress.

This morning I decided to recommit myself to eating healthier and prepping for upcoming mission’s trip in October. With this new commitment came the joy of oatmeal for breakfast. Oatmeal is a great quick breakfast, makes me feel full, and is a proven fat burner. So after eating my warm bowl of oatmeal I promptly put the bowl in the sink and started to begin my productive day.

Then something clicked in my mind. I started having a flashback of the last time I left my oatmeal leftovers in the bowl without rinsing it. The oatmeal became hard – like a rock. Even after soaking the bowl in hot water and leaving it for 20 minutes I had to scrub and scrub to get the hardened leftovers out of the bowl. So I quickly turned around and cleaned the bowl before the oatmeal hardened. Taking care of the leftovers right away only took about a minute versus 20 minutes of hard labor of my previous experience. As I rinsed the bowl the Holy Spirit began to share with me that hardened oatmeal is what sin and issues are like in our lives when we don’t deal with them.

As we travel through this wonderful adventure God is continually fashioning us into vessels of honor. During that journey, God will begin to correct us about sins or other hindrances that keep us from fully experiencing all He has for us. At those times we have a choice. We can confess that we need His help in that area and ask for forgiveness, healing, and strength to continue our journey with Him – or we can allow that area to harden like old oatmeal leftovers.

Sin and Hindrances that are left unattended, like hardened oatmeal, become hard to remove  – even painful at times. They create baggage that we begin to carry in our lives.

I remember years ago stumbling upon a TV show called Baggage. It was a dating show and all the contestants had some “baggage” from their past. The main contestant had to choose whom they would date from a group of three other contestants. Each round the three contestants would reveal baggage from their past until one was left. Baggage from unconfessed sin or other hindrances not only affects us but those around us in our homes, work, and ministry.

In Hebrews 12:1, it states: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”

Take a moment today and ask God to look into your bowl and reveal to you any dried oatmeal. Listen to His nudging and allow him to cleanse you so you can run the race without baggage.