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It’s not my mess

Easter Sunday, 5:43 a.m. I am angry. I am angry because someone didn’t clean up their mess on the counter in the kitchen. Jesus died on Friday. He was crucified. He was buried. Today He rose from the dead. Jesus is alive. And all I can think about is the mess on the counter in the kitchen.

It’s not my mess. I didn’t make the cookies.

It is not my mess.

On the kitchen counter is one bag of Gold Metal whole wheat flour, three dirty butter knives, one dirty teaspoon, one dirty bunny cookie cutter, one dirty rolling-pin, three dirty measuring cups, one dirty mixer, one dirty spatula, three bags of icing sugar, one dirty bottle of vanilla, one dirty jar of Grandma’s all natural Molasses, one dirty glass Pyrex measuring cup, and one dirty mixing bowl.

I woke up angry.

I am angry on Easter Sunday morning because of  someone else’s mess. I want to leave the mess. I don’ t want to clean up after someone else. And when I lay in my bed this morning thinking about the mess on the counter, I thought, “He died to clean up my mess. I don’t deserve to have my mess cleaned up.”

Jesus died to clean up your mess. He died so you could be forgiven.

My life before Jesus was like the dirty kitchen counter. Dirty. My life after Jesus is like the clean kitchen counter. Clean. Forgiven.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9

It’s 6:28 a.m. I just finished cleaning the kitchen counter.

The kitchen counter.

Hot water cleaned up the dried up cookie batter and icing on the kitchen counter. The blood of Jesus cleans up my messy life.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:7

I am forgiven.




About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • “Today He rose from the dead. Jesus is alive. And all I can think about is the mess on the counter in the kitchen.” LOL! Love your honesty Pamela! HaPpY EasTeR!

  • AJF

    Thank your for the reminder….I was angry yesterday – and stressed for a while – we all need ther reminder of daily surrender…and forgiveness…and acceptance….we all need it..to give to ourselves and others.

  • Yesterday, I got up with an angry heart. I don’t know why. It was just there. Then, I was reminded of how Christ took the payment of my sinful heart to the grave. I apologized to my husband for being “short” and all was forgiven. I’m so thankful for God’s forgiveness. And, yes, for those messes I have no power to clean up.

  • nancy Hatcher

    I was angry this morning, in church, on Easter morning. Then I got the message…yep, I need to daily surrender. I’m so lucky to be forgiven. Your post today…simply humbling – your connection was so strong. xo

    • Thank you Nancy. We were both angry today. I am grateful our messes are cleaned up and forgiven.

  • I need to remember my mess was so much bigger than any I need to clean up for others. Happy Easter!

  • Elsie

    Life is messy and too short to allow anger to envelop us. I’m glad you worked it out, but it is aggravating when those who create the mess don’t clean it up.

    • Good point Elsie. I want to keep, “anger” in the dictionary and not in my life.

  • Me too, Pamela. I don’t deserve the clean. I am a mess. But Jesus cleaned me up. And He totally didn’t have to. Thanks for this, my friend. Happy Easter! Enjoy the clean. 🙂

    • Happy Easter Brianna. I am enjoying the clean. I am forgiven.

  • Nice Story. Sorry about the kitchen!

    • Thank you La. The kitchen was fine, my attitude was the problem.

  • Jaana

    A day to celebrate! I cleaned the kitchen counter last night. It was my mess, but I still did not like cleaning it.

    • Yes, I hate cleaning my messes too. I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

  • Happy Easter Pamela! The Lord is Risen!

  • Margaret Simon

    Thanks for this timely reminder. I woke up early to send my daughter back to school. I am sad and happy at the same time. It’s also sad that the slice of life challenge is over, but a feeling of relief and pride, too. Happy Easter! Rejoice!

    • You are very welcome Margaret. I am happy you had time with your daughter. Happy Easter.

  • Happy Easter, Pamela! Thank you for thoughts to start this beautiful day. Reminders of our falleness…I woke wanting to sleep more instead of getting up. I woke feeling kind of sad instead of remembering the joy of this day. Jesus rose again! He died to give me life and rose so I know that life is eternal. Prasie Him!