I sat at the kitchen table in my friends’ lovely home. “Have you tried quinoa?” I asked them.
“Yes,” they chorused. “We don’t like it!”
“Don’t like it? It’s the best thing around,” I protested. “So nutritious and delicious—depending how you prepare it, that is.”
“It tasted so very sour,” they said. “It was awful, too bitter.”
As details and comments bounced back and forth I learned their big ‘no-no’—they cooked the quinoa without thoroughly rinsing it first. Each grain has a covering (bitter to the taste) to keep birds from eating it.
“C’mon, friends,” I said, rolling up my sleeves, “let’s do it right. Need to wash it well first.”
And sure enough, they prepared it correctly and when cooked, we added a little almond milk, some honey and a dash of cinnamon—delicious!
Here’s a question for you: Is your life delicious or just a bit sour and bitter? Maybe it’s because of the coating of stress and fear that covers up your joy.
We all have those times, those stages and seasons. I say, let’s jump in under the faucet of God’s grace and figure out how to rinse those things that keep us from enjoying, really enjoying life.
Here are five ways to live a clean, healthy, happy and hugely joyous life:
1. Stand under the living water Jesus offers.
2. Rub off stains of sin. Use the brush of repentance if necessary.
3. For more stubborn stains of sin, pour the bleach of His grace.
4. And if the whole garment of your life is soiled, soak in His Word night and day.
5. Press clean item with the iron of contentment and good choices.
Like quinoa, the sour and bitter taste will be washed away. And, our life, clean and fresh, will be ready to be used by God for His purpose, for His glory and for the beautiful plans He has for us.
And like quinoa, David also needed rinsing. He was the king of messes. But He soaked one night in the bleach of repentance. And as he did, he probably repeated, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness…” (Psalm 51:5-7).
Father, I too want to hear joy and gladness. I commit to begin again, clean, free from the bitter covering of sin. I thank you that you gave us the way to find the clarity of joy, the cleansing of peace and the shining newness of a new beginning. In Jesus’ name, amen
• Any rinsing needed in your life today?
• What keeps you from starting over, clean and free?
• How does it feel to stand under the refreshing, living water Jesus offers?
Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.