When I was living in Puerto Quito in January, I did not have a working shower most of the time. Instead, I had what most everyone else has in the country: a concrete water tank outside of the house that had sitting water in it. That’s where you can wash your clothes, and take a bath. All you need is a bowl and some soap. So, I bathed most days in the morning or afternoon heat with a bowl and a tank of water, some shampoo and soap, and a great view of the countryside. It was actually refreshing!
Well, one day I didn’t get the chance to bathe in the day, so I bathed at night instead. It was just as refreshing as ever, and I went to bed. The next day I got up to get some water from the tank with my bowl to shave. And I found this guy floating in the water, in exactly the spot where I would normally dip my bowl to gather some water:
That, my friends, is a cousin of the tarantula who, though he won’t kill you or put you in the hospital, can give you a nasty little bite.
I learned a lesson.
*Never* bathe without light!
When it’s time to clean up your life, when you review your path, discover new insights, make new decisions, grieve losses, you need light. You need the good flame lit inside you to guide you. Because there are dangers when it comes to cleaning up your life. Rancid memories, creepy crawling feelings, they all can be lurking ready to give you a nasty little attitude.
There’s a reason that we’ve been give Jesus to give us new life. Jesus is the light.
When you go to regather and reflect and renew, when you go to clean up your life, start afresh, remember:
Don’t bathe without light!
“I am the light of the world … Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.” (Jn 8:12, 12:35)