Some time ago, my wife came in to show me her dress that she loved. It was stained. Several of those blotchy, grease-type stains that darken the fabric. She explained that she tried washing it and was upset the stains had not come out. The fabric was delicate and there appeared to be no solution. If you know my wife, you know how hard she works to find solutions to her problems. I’ve always assumed if she couldn’t figure something out, there’s no way I could. So she ended up throwing the dress away in the trash can under the bathroom. Then we both forgot about it.
A few days later, I was throwing something away and happened to see the dress in that trashcan under the sink. Instinctively, I thought “I can fix it!” I grabbed the dress and quickly hid it cause my wife was nearby. Over the next few days, I didn’t have time to work on the dress, but I kept moving it from one hiding spot to another to keep her from finding it. I never had time to look up stain removal techniques or anything like that. I was so busy it was all I could do to keep it hidden.
Then, today, busy as I was, I decided to work on removing the stains from the dress because my wife wasn’t home. I looked up the fabric, rayon, and read about a myriad of stain fighting techniques. One even involved WD-40. Never felt confident about any of them, but as I was about to put the dress up again, a thought popped into my head. Call your friend Robby. I’d seen a post he’d made on Facebook asking for accountability in his Christian life. I’d been proud of him so I’d been thinking about him a lot that morning. He also happened to manage a dry cleaners.
I called and congratulated him on his efforts to mature in his walk, then asked him about the stain. He told me to go find something called Totally Awesome. He said I could buy it at any dollar store, treat the stain, wash it, and it would be like new again.
I went to the dollar store. They didn’t have it. I went to another dollar store. After twenty minutes of searching, I found it. I’d been looking for an exquisite bottle with brand lettering and graphics and all the pizazz of a high end product. This wasn’t what I found. I found a cheap plastic spray bottle with plain red lettering…located not in the laundry isle but in the cleaning isle. It was a general degreaser, nothing about laundry written on the bottle. It even had the words ‘As Seen On Tv’ off to the side. I was immediately skeptical and called Robby back, but he confirmed that was the correct product and gave instructions to dilute it and treat the stain.
I got home, followed his instructions, then washed the dress and waited. It came out stain free.
God does the same thing with us. He is an expert in all things, because he created all things. If we have problems we can’t solve ourselves, we often hide them, and keep hiding them, sometimes with the best intentions. The problem remains though. The dress is still stained, hidden in the dark where no one can see. Someone else will find it eventually, no matter how well you think you hid it.
However, if you examine the problem at the right opportunity, call the Expert, and do what He tells you, strange or pointless as it might seem, you’ll find that His Perfect Solution was exactly what you needed. Give your life to God. Let the blood of Jesus wash away your stains. He will lift you out of the garbage where circumstance left you, hide you under the shadow of his mighty wings, and, at just the right time, make you clean. Make you new. You can have everything you want in ways you never expected.
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.
-2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT