Faith Debugged

Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator

Dirty Jobs. Dirty Deeds.

What’s the dirtiest place you’ve ever found yourself in. The public trash dump? Cleaning out barn stalls? Changing a dirty diaper or a mess of vomit? Walking through a yard where the dog uses the bathroom? Maybe you work in oil and grease. Maybe you’re a vet and deal with sick animals. Maybe you’re a fellow exterminator. Whatever the case, we’ve all been in some moments that we didn’t want to be there because the stench or the place was the nastiest thing you’ve ever seen.

One of the worst accounts I’ve ever found myself in had roaches, fleas, ants, and mice. The kitchen was so riddled with roaches, they came out and greeted me when I walked in. they didn’t run away. There were literally thousands of roaches in every crevice of the bar, beside the stove, behind the fridge, in the drawers, in the kitchen closet, around the doors, throughout the cabinets. You didn’t have to look for them. They were everywhere in the kitchen and living room. Playstation, VCR, TV, and even the ferrets cage was riddled with roaches. No place was off-limits for these roaches.

The fleas were unbearable climbing all over me and no matter what I used to keep them off, it didn’t work. They were ruthless. They covered my pants and hid in my socks. They covered the carpets, the couch and chairs and made the dogs and ferret so uncomfortable.

The ants weren’t near as bad but they were present and making their way into the bathroom. I feared if they headed towards the kitchen they may find some resistance from the roaches. So they pretty much stayed towards the bathroom.

The mice were horrid. In the bathroom as well as under the sink in the kitchen, it was near impossible to see the floor. There was so much mice droppings it literally covered like a carpet. This was a serious health hazard.

The back door was missing a foot of the door at the bottom allowing her dogs to come and go as they please as well as any other animal that might find it well to come inside. As soon as it was time to move to the back yard to spray she realized she had a dead dog on her porch. This dog wasn’t dead earlier in the day.

I only wished I could explain how repulsed I was after leaving this place. It was the nastiest job I had ever encountered. When I left, I found the most remote place I could and literally stripped down to make sure I had nothing on me. As soon as I returned home, I showered and washed my clothes. When I laid in bed that night, the only thing I could think of was that homeowner was laying down to sleep as well… in that place. I cried!

When it comes to nastiness versus cleanliness, my sin is in no comparison to this home. This home is probably cleaner than my sin. My sin is revolting to God.

Isaiah  64:6

 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;

Paul even speaks of those things that he had gained in life to the likeness of dung in comparison to Jesus’ righteousness. (Philippians 3:8) Everything he had done to accomplish his goals and be one of the greatest pharisees had become no less than a bowel movement in his eyes, something to flush down the toilet. Because in light of Christ, our righteousness is nonexistent.

When I walk into a house with so putrid of circumstances, the moment I walk in my stomach turns from the stench I can’t help but be reminded that my sin is just as sickening to God if not worse. Thankfully, God has the power to clean me up. He loves me enough to take me as I am but not leave me like He found me.

Thank God that by the power in the blood I can be washed clean though the amazing grace of God by faith! (Excuse my Christianise.)

September 9, 2011 Posted by | fleas, roaches | , , , | Leave a comment

The Roaring Lion Has Fleas

Have you ever been in a house that had fleas? If you have then you know far too well that once they get on you they’re on you and your spending the rest of the day picking them off. One thing I really hate is knowing that I have an account that has fleas. Not just a few fleas. A LOT of fleas. Not just on the linoleum. I mean in the shag carpet that hasn’t been changed since the seventies in the living room. It’s been there so long you can see the trail where people have walked for so many years by the couch and into the kitchen.

If you had this experience you’ll know that all day will be spent picking them off one by one. They embed into your socks. The  get up your pants legs. They’ll get around your waist band. They’ll get in your hair. Then… they’ll BITE!!! Makes me itch just typing this.

Fleas are a nuisance. They’re a nuisance to your pets. They’re a nuisance to you. They get in your carpets, your bed, your couch. They’ll get just about anywhere. They’ll take over and there is no peace of mind until they are gone. Then after they’re gone for a while, you discover you now have what they call delusional parasitosis. Have you ever felt like something was crawling all over you but nothing was there.

I was called out to a lady’s house one time who swore she had spiders crawling all over her kitchen floor. I tried to tell her there was nothing there. She demanded I spray her floor. After time, I realized she was having delusional parasitosis. She had problems with spiders in the past. All she had now was black spots in the design pattern of her linoleum.

Would you stop to think how sin works. It creeps up on you in your thoughts. After you’ve decided maybe just once it wouldn’t hurt, it continues to grind at your thoughts everyday until one day, your covered in it. And you’re not even sure how you got to where you are at. Paul said in Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (italics mine).

Have you ever noticed that you’ve been in a situation where your asking yourself how did I get this far in my sin? How did you get there? Too easy I bet. Notice the verbiage Paul uses about sin. It so easily entangles us. Kinda like a vine up the side of the house or kudzu on the side of the road, or a flea infestation, sin starts mildly, then before you know it, you entangled in it.

Twice Peter tells us to be sober-minded or self-controlled. Like he has the right to tell us to be self-controlled? He does! He’s been there. He been self uncontrolled and reaped the harvest. He’s leaned from his battles after licking his wounds. It would do us good to listen.

In 1 Peter 1:13 as well as 5:8 he tells us to be self-controlled because the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. In my line of work it would say he jumps around like a hungry flea looking for some warm-blooded animal to latch onto and feed. Sin does this very thing. It prowls around looking for someone to bring it to life so that it may cause death. James 1:15

May you be found sober-minded and diligent. So when sin prowls, it finds you and runs like a scared little kitten (with fleas)!

February 1, 2011 Posted by | devotion, fleas | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment