A Season of Dirt
I don’t like dirt. It’s dirty. It requires work … hard work. It doesn’t go away on its own. And we have to face dirt … and be willing to get dirty in order to bring about the desired change: to be cleaned…to be changed…to be transformed.
I’m guessing that you, like me, have been in seasons of facing the dirt. I recently asked God to do something that has and is requiring me to get dirty so He can bring about the change that my heart is crying out for. I asked for this season and I continue to choose to submit to this season … even when it would be much easier to quit. My heart cries out for Him to search me and to know me and to help me to face the wicked and hurtful things in me … and lead me through the dirt to the transformation and to freedom.
“Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24 AMP).
You see, I really want to know Him more. I really want more of Him and less of me. I want to be a part of what He is doing in the world today. I want to be free and whole in Him. I want His light to shine so brightly in and from me that it lights up the darkness: that it attracts others to Him.
John the Baptist said, “He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so]” (John 3:30 AMP). So I submit to the season of dirt…so that I might decrease and that He increases in me.
I am really tired of the same stuff popping up; I want real transformation. And transformation can be long and startling and shocking and difficult. But I submit to His work of transformation in my life because I want to really please Him … I want to be the person He sees in me: the one He created.
When the pressure is on I want people to see and hear Jesus in me; I want Him to come oozing out. So I submit to the potter … to the transformer … to the completer … to the lover of my soul … submitted to this season He has me in at this moment: a season of DIRT. Are you willing to submit to a season of dirt?
In this season I must be willing to DIG … and to allow Him to DIG … DIG up the dirt. Some of the dirt I’ve just gotten used to, so much so I just didn’t notice it anymore. Some of the dirt I’ve rationalized; some of the dirt I’ve blamed on others. The digging hasn’t been fun and, at times, I have been tempted to go back to the blame-game, the rationalizations, and the complacency. But I am committed to experience real change and real transformation.
King David once said:”Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.”. (Psalm 51:4a NLT).
Seeing the dirt for what it really is, allowing it to be exposed, and confessing to God the dirt He already knows about has been a necessary part of the digging in my life … just as it was in King David’s. Crying out for mercy, thankful for His unfailing love…His great compassion…
Allowing the Dirt to be Exposed
“Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2 NLT).
Then there has been the ERADICATION of the dirt: allowing Him to do the cleansing work in my heart…purifying me. Only He can eradicate the dirt in my life and in my heart. As I allow Him to do this work I find a new heart, a heart of flesh … and the heart of stone has been taken. He gives me a heart that is sensitive and responsive to Him.
“And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God]” (Ezekiel 11:19 AMP).
In this season of dirt, often I have found myself RESURRECTING the dirt. This happens to all of us when we live under guilt and condemnation. But this is NOT God’s doing: in Him there is no condemnation and no guilt! The Word tells us there is NO condemnation, he frees us, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death” (Romans 8:1-2 NIV ).
Instead, there is cleansing and newness and freedom. He does a complete work in us, “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7). We must choose to stand in the freedom He gives and we must refuse to pick up the things that bind again.
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law” (Galatians 5:1 NLT). He REALLY, REALLY sets us free…and it is our job to stay free!
It is so amazing! He actually TRANSFORMS the dirt. He takes what the enemy means to use to utterly destroy us and He transforms that into the very thing that brings us victory and power in order to bring us and others through the seasons of dirt into the life of freedom.
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]” (Romans 12:2 AMP).
And when He transforms our dirt we can then help others with their dirt…with love and compassion and mercy…knowing that they too can have the dirt transformed and find freedom! “Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you” (Psalm 51:13).
He Transforms Our Dirt
So let us submit to the seasons of DIRT…
Digging up the dirt.
Irradicating the dirt.
Resurrecting the dirt.
Transforming the dirt.
…as He does a complete work in us…knowing that on the other side of the dirt, the brokenness turns to joy!
The Brokenness Turns to Joy!
“Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me aclean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit[d] from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you” (Psalm 51:8-12 NLT).
Submitting to a Season of Dirt!