Today was wheelchair cleaning day, since school starts for girlie tomorrow. It is truly amazing to me how dirty a wheelchair can get just over a few weeks in the summer. I try to clean every few months, or sooner if I happen to notice it being extra dirty.
Girlie’s wheelchair is highly customizable, which means MANY parts, parts to make the seat move, parts to lock the wheels, parts to adjust the seat depth, parts to adjust the back height, parts used for pushing her from place to place, parts to separate the back from the seat. Just many many parts.
All the bolts, all the fabric, all the wheels and mechanisms under and on the top of and on the back, get covered in dust and grim from just being out and about, running on the hallways, streets, van, buses, etc.
First I vacuum all the visible places. Next, I take cleaning wipes and clean every surface that I can find. Takes a bit of time, but looks so clean when done.
My heart is very much like a wheelchair. Lots of intricate parts and pieces, areas of my mind and spirit that get used and get covered in grim, just from living in this world, walking throughout my days. The things I read, the information coming in to my mind from various sources, the people I come in contact with, especially in my work for girlie, all make things a little more difficult to live this life as Christ follower, as a believer in the one true Way.
That yuk needs to be cleaned and taken away. God’s Word can do that. It cleans off all the parts, the parts that need to feel, the parts that need to operate, the parts needed to care for my family.
God’s Word restores the parts of me to functional and whole.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 states “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work ”
The Word of God is sharper that any two edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12) The Word of God can divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow, “able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Luke 11:28: “blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it” (NASB) from the words of Jesus.
Ephesians 6:17 “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” part of our spiritual armor.
Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
In summary, the Word of God is:
- useful for equipping, training, correcting
- a weapon against the enemy
- precise to separate even to the smallest detail
- endures forever
- blesses the one who both hears and obeys
So, I can put my trust in the Word of God, to do its good work in me, to make me useful, to protect me from the attacks of the enemy, to separate the good and the evil, and I can be blessed by hearing and obeying.