Momma Needs a Moment: How I Found Jesus in the Bathroom

If you’re a mom I’m sure you have plenty of stories about interrupted trips to the bathroom; if it’s not my girls or my husband knocking on the door, it’s my two-year-old chocolate lab leaning that big head of his against the pocket door and sliding it open.  It feels like everyone needs the momma’s attention when the momma just needs a moment.  But, interruptions aside, of the canine and human variety, the bathroom remains my favorite room in the house to hide out.  There is something about the dull white noise of an exhaust fan to drown out the sounds of kids, spouse and dog, especially after a long day at work or once the kids go to bed.

Surfing in the Bathroom

It started, like so many things, by surfing Pinterest.  I scrolled past the typical posts of smart outfits and trending bathing suits, interspersed with posts on Bullet Journaling, 6 Weeks to a Beach Body and a healthy recipe for a Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.

With the noise of the exhaust fan  around me I drifted further and further into Pinterest land.  Soon enough I came across a neat post on using a foam paint brush, dipped in cleaning product, to tackle those dusty and dirty window sills with their tiny crevices and spaces.  One thing led to another and I tripped down the spring cleaning rabbit hole adding one idea after another to my board.  It wasn’t quite the end of February and I was already forming my plan of attack.

Jesus and Scrubbing Bubbles

My bathroom haven is white on white.  White tiles, white grout, white paint.  The color scheme was in place when we bought the house and while I love the peace it inspires the maintenance is another story.  The white tiled shower is a challenge to clean.  And, because I am a clean freak and a little OCD, you’ll find me in there with every product under the sun and a grout brush as I take after the mold or mildew that seems to build overnight.  With this little bit of background you’ll understand why I perked up when I came across a post about using a common carpet solvent to clean the grout between my tiles.  As I clicked the link and read the post about using the carpet cleaner, it occurred to me that Jesus was a lot like these miraculous scrubbing bubbles.

Jesus scrubs away the stain of our sin. #JesusInTheEveryday Click To Tweet

As a young woman I remember singing lyrics to the song “Jesus Paid it All”.

‘Cause Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow

But now, after many long winters, I am a little older and a lot more motherly.  Frankly, winter doesn’t hold the same appeal and I find myself thinking things like “watch out for that yellow snow” and (a consequence of living in Michigan) “when will this stupid snow go away” or (come mid-January) “the snow looks so dirty.” So what happened?  The song didn’t change, but I did – but, it’s also late winter in Michigan and I am surrounded by flooding and the prospect of more snow before I can declare the arrival of Spring.

I know it’s just a season (literally), but in the meantime, who would have thought I’d find Jesus and an object lesson while surfing spring cleaning tips on Pinterest in my bathroom!?

There I was comparing my dirty, mildew stained shower to my broken, sin-stained life. Both stained by use and sporadic neglect – at times more grimy than others. Some of the stain came away easily, requiring only a quick soak in those scrubbing bubbles – but other stains had worked their way into the grout. They were more insidious. These were the ones that had me looking for something stronger, more powerful than anything I’d used up to that point.

Lord, now indeed I find thy power and thine alone
Can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone

There is nothing more powerful, more transformative than the blood of Jesus Christ.  If you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ you know this to be true; but at times may be tempted to forget.  When our days are plagued with regret, or sin and it seems too much for us to handle, we must remember that the battle is not ours alone, that we live with the power of Christ in us.

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  (Galatians 2|20)

Maybe you don’t know who this Jesus is, but you do know that your life and your soul feel dirty, marked by a grime and stain that could never be scrubbed away,  Hear me tell you sister that there is hope, there is this miracle better than any scrubbing bubbles concocted.  There is a miracle that not only offers hope but also delivers on it’s promise to wash you and all the grime and stains in your life clean.  That hope, that miracle, is found in a person and his name is Jesus.  He is the Son of God and died so that all our sin, all our dirt and grime, would be buried with Him.  Friend, if you want to learn more about who Jesus is please reach out to me by email (juliadale@live.com) or by commenting below.

And when before the throne I stand in him complete
“Jesus died my soul to save” my lips shall still repeat
Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow
He washed it white as snow
O praise the one who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead
The beauty of our Jesus is that he is present in the everyday and the mundane.  Who knows, you might just come face-to-face with Him while surfing Pinterest and hiding out in the bathroom.
Be there,
Julia

 

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