Brand New Carpet. The ultimate way to start spring cleaning!
(First, I would like to thank the Lord for providing for me to get this new carpet after so many years. I acknowledge that it is not a necessity for living and that He graciously made a way for me to finally afford it. He takes care of us even beyond necessity!)
Last Thursday, I finally got my new carpet installed! Happy First Day of Spring to me! My old carpet had not been installed properly. It was cut and then just put in place. Never stretched and properly tacked. Therefore, over the years, aside from the normal wear and tear, it also developed unsightly and eventually dangerous rolls.
Once the installers moved my furniture, I could see just how dirty the high traffic areas were! I could also see the places where stains had set over the years. Once they began to rip up the carpet, those same stains were also visible in the padding beneath!
My original carpet was installed when the house was built in 1991. Since then there have been advances in both the quality and stain resistance of the carpet itself and the padding that goes underneath. Now the padding includes a moisture barrier that prevents any liquid that you spill on your carpet from going all the way through the padding. Without that barrier, if you spill something like cranberry juice on your carpet, even after you scrub the stain it will return because it soaks into the padding and then eventually creeps back up into the carpet. The unprotected padding would also hold the scent of whatever soaked into it. This new moisture barrier keeps that from happening.
I thought, that barrier is like the Word of God in our lives! Without it we are much more vulnerable to the stains of the world. That Word in our hearts and minds defends our souls from seeping stains and toxicity. This is why me must remain in the Word and guard ourselves with it! Let’s be honest. Most of us spend countless hours reading novels and watching TV and movies and very little time reading God’s Word. Just having your Bible sitting on your coffee table won’t do it – you have to open in, read it, digest it.
Cover your soul with the promises of God.
We will eventually spill something on our carpet that needs to be properly cleaned. Or, someone visiting will spill something on it. Same with life. Life can get messy. On the surface we will always have some sort of a mess we are dealing with. But, if we have that barrier, the Word of God, guarding our hearts and minds, we can prevent those messes from seeping all the way into our souls. When we are sure in our relationship with Christ, the messes, however painful, don’t have to ruin our core. That core will be sealed and protected so that the stains of life don’t fester, rot or mold and eventually work their way back to the surface.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV