Bathroom Meditations

What is it about cleaning the bathroom that draws me close to God and allows me to hear His Spirit leading me, prompting me?  Don’t laugh, and don’t discount what I am saying.  Some of my best inspirations have occurred while cleaning the bathroom, and I know I’m not alone in this.

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I heard a well known preacher describe how her husband heard from God’s Holy Spirit while in the bathroom!!  Really?!?!?  That was my first reaction, too. However, now I notice that many of my moments of inspiration occur while on my hands and knees, cleaning the toilet or bathroom floor.  Is it the position of humility (kneeling) that brings this on?  The humble task of cleaning a toilet bowl?

It brings to mind an old friend who once told me how her dog always comes to her when she uses the bathroom.   Starting when he was a puppy, he would push open the bathroom door, walk over to her, turn around, and back up between her knees, expecting (and receiving), pats on the head and words of love.  Why did he do this?  Perhaps, instinctually, he knew he could get her attention because she could not escape or brush him off easily?  Maybe we hear from God in the bathroom for the same reason.

Seems silly, doesn’t it?  Why hear from God when cleaning the bathroom?  Is it because I am quiet and focused?  And the simplicity of the task at hand lends my mind to wander, allowing Him to lead that open, wandering mind to think His thoughts?  When I am focused on a simple task, I enter into a meditation of sorts, and God can easily insert Himself into that moment and use it to speak to me.

You may ask, “What has God shown you in the bathroom?”.  The answers may surprise you:  Inspirations for songs and writings; someone who needs my prayers; and a fresh insight into how much I need Him.  God is showing me that I need to be on my hands and knees more often, in prayer, in order to hear Him clearly.  Not just a quick prayer in the morning, but focused, quiet time in prayer.  As I stay with the task of cleaning the bathroom until its completion, so too, I will stay in prayer, until the need for that prayer is completed.  I will know when the task is completed, just like I will know when the prayer is completed, accepted, and received by my Father.  He will tell me, in that quiet time on my knees in prayer.

So, ladies and gentlemen, the next time you are planning to clean the bathroom, approach it with the same humility that Jesus approached the cross in Philippians 2:5-8.  Consider that it may be your appointment with God to receive a special inspiration.  As you approach that menial task, do so as for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).  Do so with humility and an expectation that God is there watching, listening, and speaking.  We only need to listen.

Christine is the founder of The Jesus Said Project, a blog that documents her journey to study out what Jesus said.  Christine became a disciple on July 29, 2002 and has always had a deep love of God’s Word.  The Jesus Said Project represents her comprehensive study of everything Jesus Said in the four gospels about how He wants us to live.  The blog posts are an honest self-examination of her heart, behavior, and thoughts in relation to what Jesus actually said.  Posts are suitable for daily devotionals or bible study material for anyone seeking to know Jesus better.

Written By: Christine Rosendaul

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Christine is the founder of The Jesus Said Project, a blog that documents her journey to study out what Jesus said.  Christine became a disciple on July 29, 2002 and has always had a deep love of God’s Word.  The Jesus Said Project represents her comprehensive study of everything Jesus Said in the four gospels about how He wants us to live.  The blog posts are an honest self-examination of her heart, behavior, and thoughts in relation to what Jesus actually said.  Posts are suitable for daily devotionals or bible study material for anyone seeking to know Jesus better.