My son has a fish. He got it from his sisters for Christmas. For the most part, he can take care of it by himself. But, he needs help changing the water every week.
That’s where Mommy comes in. It is my job to help change the water. There’s only one problem with this whole set-up. I forget.
The fish is out of sight, and out of sight means out of mind for me. Especially on a Saturday, the day we are supposed to change the water. And unfortunately, my son has not quite gotten to the point that he remembers well either.
That is how Bobby the Fish went about three weeks without fresh water.
I discovered this calamity the other night when I went to tuck my son in and say good night. I asked if he’d fed Bobby, and he said no. Since we were getting to bed much later than usual, I went over to take care of the feeding myself, letting my son go ahead and crawl into bed. I took one look at Bobby’s water and recoiled. It was awful! We made a plan to tackle the water change first thing the next morning.
I think there are parts of my heart that are like Bobby’s water. They don’t necessarily need daily attention. But, they still need maintenance. Yet somehow they get neglected. Forgotten. And when they do, the results are nasty. In fact, they could cause serious problems, if not even the death of something precious. A relationship. An area of growth. A plan. A step of obedience.
Every aspect of my spiritual life needs regular attention. There is no area of growth that can be left untended permanently. True, it might not be the big glaring issue in my life at the moment. But, it’s still there. The things that were established my first years as a Christian still need to be put into the cleansing hands of Christ.
Sometimes that seems a bit overwhelming. I mean, there’s a lot to me! What if I miss something?
Fortunately, I don’t have to rely on my own faulty memory to keep those areas clean. I simply have to stayed tuned to the One who cleanses me. If I listen to Him, He gives me those reminders. He puts the need in front of me when the time comes.
What dirty water needs to be changed in your life this week? What little thing needs tending? Let the Holy Spirit nudge you, reminding you. I guarantee, the results will be much more pleasant than the dirty water you’re swimming in right now!