I worked at an animal hospital during high school for a wonderful Christian man who belonged to our church. In fact, I went to college with the intention of becoming a veterinarian, but that’s another longer story! My job title was “Kennel Boy”. It was my job to keep the basement area clean where all the cages were. There was one room for dogs and one room for cats with stainless steel cages lining both walls. My two tools were newspapers and Pine Sol. Newspapers lined the cages and Pine Sol cleaned the cages and the outside exercise pens. For the rest of my life, Pine Sol brings happy memories of cleaning messes and making cages and rooms smell good!
What are the messes you encounter daily? How do you define what is and isn’t a mess? A mess for one person can be delightful variety for another. Some professions specialize in cleaning up messes, like Servicemaster or RotoRooter. If you consider the word “mess” and look at the world around you, you can apply it in many ways. There are environmental messes, organizational messes, political messes, and financial messes. There are simple messes and complicated messes. Some of us avoid messes and others of us experience nothing but messes!
The text for Sunday is about a major spiritual mess between Israel and God in Exodus 33:12-23. I invite you to read this passage carefully and look for the cleaning solution for this mess. It still works!