Day Five……#moderndadesertmother

Dust……..it gets everywhere. It seeps down into every little crack, nook, cranny, and crevice it can find. It is always there. Some people dust every day while others prefer to collect their ‘protective coating.” We breathe it, sneeze it, wipe it, and sweep it up.
Have you ever been to the beach? You know how the sand gets into literally everything? There are places in clothing, bags, and bodies that we are not even aware of until we have been to the beach.
Dust is much the same. I believe that is why Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 10:14 that if a town or group of people does not listen to them, they are to leave and to shake the dust from their feet. It is not just literal from living in a desert like region and wearing sandals. It is spiritual as the attitudes the beliefs, and the behaviors that are not healthy see into crannies, nooks and crevices in ways that are surprising. So, we must shake it off and walk away.
A place that is too dusty has giant cobwebs entangling everything. The cobwebs become sticky snares that entrap the clueless and slow down the ones who try to navigate their way through. The cobwebs collect dust, bugs, and the detritus of stale and unclean living.
Have you ever wondered through a house that was been abandoned for years? There is a tomb-like quality that surrounds it. The layers of dust and cobwebs are so thick that the cleaning required takes a great deal of work. Too much work for most people, especially if the home owners don’t want it to be cleaned up. They may not like it the way it is but they do not want it to be changed either – that would require work, getting dirty, investing in something “other” and it is dangerous….
So, we must shake the dust off. We brush away the sticky tendrils that try to keep us ensnared and we wipe away the detritus
Happy traveling……….

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One Reply to “Day Five……#moderndadesertmother”

  1. Maybe dust isn’t so bad after all…
    “20All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.”

    Which kind of makes me smile, when thinking of the Matthew verse, “14 And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.”
    Maybe Jesus was saying shake off the dust, including the dust of all their dead relatives, as well. 🙂
    Kind of an ultimate slam, in an amusing way.

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