Pollen anyone? I have plenty to go around. If you’ve never lived in the land of pine trees in the spring then you do not know what you are missing! Be glad!
I started to put a post-it note outside on the porch table to see how long it would take for its yellow hue to blend in with the never-ending pollen. Rather than do that I decided an exercise in futility would be a bit more cathartic even if only temporary. I whipped out the hose from the back faucet, turned it on full blast and washed all the yellow away from the porch. I sprayed the tables, the rockers, the wicker chairs and even the plants. Then I got down low and angled the hose with a finger-pressure stream to wash the yellow off the floor out there.
It looked as if I had mixed a batch of powder tempra paint with water and was rinsing it into a big collection bucket as it scooted off the porch, down the steps and into the drain. Aaaaaah.
And for about 6 hours, the porch looked good and clean. But, while we slept the dust came back and all my effort was covered up as more pollen had fallen and coated the tables, chairs, and floor in more yellow dust.
There are numerous references in the Bible that speak of dust. “Dust” is sprinkled throughout the Word, I guess you could say. Hopefully yours is not dusty on the outside, too. Amen?
I remember a story in the Bible where Jesus had to tell the disciples how to handle places that rejected the Word of the Lord. You can find it in Matthew 10:14; Mark 6:11; and Luke 9:5. Three of the four gospels recount these words Jesus said to his disciples.
Wow. Leave them and shake it off.
Have you ever shared truth of Jesus with others and it wasn’t received, believed, professed, and possessed? Did you keep trying to share but to no avail?
According to this passage, leave it behind. Shake it off. It’s not your fault. Move on to the next town (group or individual, perhaps).
Maybe they’ll eventually grow tired of the dust blowing around and grow thirsty for the water of the Word. Maybe then they’ll be able to allow One who provides living water to come and wash them clean.
Maybe the dust will form into clay and they can be vessels useful to the Potter as He mixes the water and the dust together to form something that can house His living water.
Pray they grow parched and ready for the only water that can truly satisfy.