Central Baptist Church of Westerly
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Better than a car wash

                                                                     May 29, 2019
Dear Friends,

I was debating about whether I should wash my car or
not. I decided to wait until later in the week because I
wanted to take it to a car show on Saturday night. I
love my Mustang convertible. I like to go out for a little
drive on sunny days. Unfortunately, my schedule was
full for the day. So the car sat at the church all

I finished the project I was working on and headed
out to get lunch. That's when I noticed the mess. It
looked like a wayward bird had used my car for target
practice. There was a disgusting white blob plastered
across the hood. It was bad. I immediately began to
panic at the corrosive nature of the bird dropping.

Maybe he was teasing me, but when I got the car a friend
told me that bird droppings really wreak havoc with a
car's finish. He told me that if it ever happened to me, I
needed to remove it as soon as possible. I panicked. The
problem was that I had a full schedule for the rest of the
afternoon. There was no way I could get to a carwash.

I'm usually pretty good with the car. I keep it clean. I
park in the garage. I choose my spots well when I have
to park in a public lot. I never settle under telephone
lines or next to a building if I can help it. So I never
expected to run into trouble like this. There was no
forewarning. I just happened to be in the wrong spot
at the wrong time.

That's the thing about messes. They usually come out
of the blue. They often come in the midst of our busyness.
They add to our stress and we end up dwelling on them.
I kept seeing that blob and could hardly concentrate on
anything else. It was so silly and yet, so frustrating. It
was only a car. But it was my car!

That's when I remembered something a friend had told
me. I had just shared that he was going in for minor
surgery. He said, "Cal, do you know the difference
between minor and major surgery?" I said, "No." He
explained, "Minor surgery is when it happens to someone
else. Major surgery is when you are having it done."

The truth is that when your life is a mess, it weighs on you
in a way that no one else can understand. It sticks with
you all the time. It is corrosive. Many of us have been there.
The good news is that we have a God who majors in clean
up. He sent his son into the world clean up our messes and
to bring forgiveness and new life.

Jesus said in Matthew 18, "Come to me, all who are weary
and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest." Are
you struggling with the consequences of your past? Take
it to the Lord in prayer. Give it to Jesus.

That mess will be history. He will clean it up. He will turn
you around. You will be blessed with his peace, love and
grace. That's his promise and Jesus always keeps his

God bless! See you in church.
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