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In my last couple of posts I’ve been writing about cleaning rugs and how it can apply to our lives.  Like small towns and the small talk that go along with them, remember to just kick that dirt from your feet and don’t worry about the mess.  We can clean it up!  Then I wrote about becoming new and steam cleaning.  When comparing the next step in the cleaning process to our own lives, it can seem like the hardest part – the drying process.  For your carpets, all you have to do is wait an average of 4-6 hours and your carpets are dry! You can even turn ceiling fans on or put some box fans blowing on them to make the drying process go even quicker.  But in our own lives, the drying process can seem like a lifetime, like a practice in patience that we may not have.    

Step 3 – The Drying Process – Drying Rugs

It may only take 4-6 hours but waiting for your carpets to completely dry can be hard.  Most people aren’t typically very good at patience.  We live in an instant gratification world.  But don’t move that furniture back onto your damp carpet too quickly.  Practice patience and let it dry completely first.  If you don’t, new stains could appear in your carpet from the woods or metals in your furniture. 

Drying rugs is a little different.  They have to dry quickly. We have a giant centrifuge machine at our shop that spins the rugs really fast and dries them.  What a ride they go on! Like in life, if its not patience we’re working on then we’re on a whirlwind of a ride.

A lady sitting a box fan on a Drying Rugs

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4 (NIV).  The Greek word hypomone is what is translated in this passage as “perseverance.” Hypomone can be translated as other related words, such as endurance, fortitude, or patience. 

When there’s dirt and hurt in our lives it’s natural for us to want to hurry through the entire healing process or not go through it at all.  We wish we can just fast-forward to the good parts and the happy feelings.  But the Bible tells us that we need the trials too.  While trials definitely test our patience, they grow us.  

Hebrews 12:1

When you ask most people what they think about patience, they’ll tell you something along the lines of how patience is a passive action (or inaction).  Patience is just a waiting period, or a time of nothing. But most of the Greek words that are translated into “patience” aren’t passive words at all! They’re very active, strong words. Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (NKJV).  The NIV version of the Bible says, “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.”  When I think about running, I definitely think I need perseverance to keep running a race, but patience? Here, patience is not a passive word.  You don’t run a race passively waiting for everyone to pass you.  No, you run a race patiently by persevering through the difficulties and pain of running!

REJOICE

There are things we can do to help the drying process with your carpets and rugs.  We leave ceiling fans on, turn box fans on and encourage air flow through the room to help drying times.  Just like the carpet drying process, there are things we can do in our lives to help us through the times when our patience is being tested.  It definitely seems counterintuitive, and it’s not easy, but the first thing we can do to encourage the air flow in our life is thank God for the situation we’re in.  We can rejoice for being in His will.  “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4. 1 Peter 1:6 says, “in this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kids of trials.” God wants us to rejoice in Him even when we are facing troubles because we know that, as hard as they may be, our faith is growing during them.  Also remember that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28. Even when facing dirt and grime, God can use those times for good.  We may be going through whatever dirt we’re facing so that later we can help someone else through the same mud.  When this scripture says “in all things” it means all things.  Even those things that test and try our patience. 

Don’t Sweep it Under the Rug, Clean the Rug

Once your carpets and rugs are all dry, they are just like new! But don’t start neglecting them again.  Don’t just sweep the dirt under the rug.  Keep them clean.  For your carpets, a good professional steam cleaning every 6 months to a year should do the trick.  Your area rugs can go a little longer between professional deep cleanings. But for your own life, please don’t neglect yourself.  Remember you are a new creation in Christ.  “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8. Remember to think on good things and surround yourself with other like-minded Christians. Do not be misled.  Don’t let bad company corrupt your good character.  Instead, surround yourself with people who can give you good counsel when facing whatever dirt life may bring in.