When the dust settles….

When the dust settles

For the last few weeks, I have been fighting a losing battle. With dust.soffittadett

A building project to extend my home has meant clouds of dust forming on a daily basis. No matter how hard I try to cover precious items of furniture and family photographs, the dust finds its way in. And settles.

At first, I would religiously wipe down and clean up at the end of the day, when the builders had gone home. But as quickly as I cleaned it up, the more dust would descend and my efforts seemed futile.

Now, I’ve given in to the inevitable and I’m seeing it as an opportunity for my daughter to practice her handwriting!

The dust is here to stay. For now at least. But a day will come, probably long after the builders have finished, when the pale orange layer that forms overnight on virtually everything in my home will be no more. It will be clean. Gone. Forever. Or at least until the next time we have building works…which is not something I am planning for a very long time!

But what a contrast to the way God deals with the dust in our lives. The stuff that settles and creates a barrier between us and God. It chokes us and makes us unable to breathe clearly the pure air that He intends us to breathe. The life-giving oxygen of the Holy Spirit. When we truly know Jesus and ask him to be our friend then that life-giving air breathes on our dust filled lives and blows it away – as far as the east is from the west.

Of course, we are still human and dust can and does still form in our lives if we let it. Fears, anxious thoughts and worry can quickly descend and cover us or even choke us. Only Jesus can truly wipe away this kind of dust. I love the words to this song…I’m no longer a slave to fear..I am a child of God.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8TkUMJtK5k

I believe it is possible for God to deal with fear and anxiety so that we are no longer slaves to it, just like the song says. I believe this because I am that person…I was once controlled by fear and anxiety to a point where I almost felt like I couldn’t breathe. It choked me, like dust chokes. When I finally recognised that I was living enslaved to it, I gave it to God and He took away its control over my life. I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.

Is there dust that has settled in your life? Let God reveal it to you and ask him to blow it away once and for all.

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