Have you had your shower today?
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, — Titus 3:5(NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Some people sing in the shower and swear by all things that are holy that they can become America’s next Idol, sadly to say it will never happen for them.
The freedom that the water offers during the showering is transforming, invigorating and downright satisfying.
However the sanctity of the enclosed walls of your home shower can also create a false sense of security dripping with aggrandizement of one’s harmonizing abilities.
Several introverted aspects of one’s ability or the lack thereof are manifested through that shower experience.
Self realization is something to be reckoned with. The majority of the time when it is realized it is due to several reality checks that have been evaluated during periods of exploratory solitary confinement.
In those places where you are the most vulnerable and without ANY type of garment; I do believe that being naked in the shower constitutes such a moment in time.
Now I’m sure that there are those who would beg to differ and would arguably defend their moments of relieving as a natural body function, could be another point of contention for self realization during exploratory solitary confinement.
As I was preparing for my day after praying then reading the Word, I headed to the shower.
The Word was from 1 Samuel 28 and it dealt with Saul’s turning his back on the Lord being so fearful of the Philistine Army that he fell full length on the ground with fear.
The accompanying story equated Saul’s behavior like that of an opossum.
If you did not know the real reactions of the opossum you would probably believe that he plays dead to evade his capturers. That is not true.
The opossum becomes so fearful of what is happening around him that it faints. Their body freezes with fear to the point of them not being able to move. I do believe that that is what happened to Saul.
So, that brings me to my showering experience.
How many times have we been so frightened by our own behaviors, situations and the attitudes and actions of another that we become like the stink opossums; immoveable out of fear?
As I stood in the shower, seeing the water going down the drain, I thought how magnificent I felt becoming clean. All I was thinking was, “I wish it was this easy to rid one’s self of the opossum syndrome of fainting in the face of struggles.”
Then I was reminded that as a child of God I am entitled to all of His riches.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39
THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION; WHOM SHALL I FEAR? THE LORD IS THE DEFENSE OF MY LIFE; WHOM SHALL I DREAD?