For Christmas in 2011, my wife got me an aquarium. And I love it! It currently holds a school of Neon Tetra, a frog named Leonidas, a sucker fish that I call The Kraken and a Japanese Marimo.
I love watching them as they swim around, oblivious to the bigger world outside their little 10 gallon tank. They have no idea that anything exists more than a few feet beyond their glass walls. And they’re perfectly content to swim where they are.
As much as I love my fish tank, it’s got a rather serious problem. When we went on vacation around Thanksgiving, I forgot to turn the light off before we left. When we came home a week later, the tank had turned entirely green with algae. The fish were all doing great, but they were unknowingly swimming in a cesspool. And they had no problem with it.
Since that time, I’ve tried all kinds of things…changing the water, adding chemicals, tossing in the moss ball. I’ve tried everything, except completely scrubbing the tank. The aquarium store told me right away that I needed to pull the rocks out and scrub the tank but as long as I’ve had other options, I’ve completely avoided it. I’ve attacked the symptom – green water – instead of dealing with the root of the problem.
And the more I’ve avoided it, the worse the problem has gotten. Sure, I’ll try a new chemical and it’ll begin to look better for a few hours or maybe even a day, but it always slides back into a murky green color. And through it all, the fish appear to be thriving. So, I keep putting it off…
Tonight, I was sitting in my dining room, staring at the cesspool in my house and this thought hammered me:
How often do I let pockets of murky sin sit right in the middle of my house simply because there might be an easier way to deal with it?
How often do I avoid scrubbing out the corners of my heart because I choose the path of least resistance instead?
How long have I been feeding a cesspool but convincing myself it’s a healthy environment?
It’s time to stop harboring sin. It’s time to attack the root of the problem. It’s time to repent.