Friday, April 20, 2012

Seeing Jesus in Melted Candles

People who love candles,
burn candles in every room.

People who burn candles in every room,
spill wax in every room.

I've removed wax from carpeting,
table runners,
table cloths
and even hair.

The hair was challenging.

Just in case you haven't become an expert in wax removal,
and not from the ears,
I thought I'd share my technique.

First, look at mess.
Cry softly.
Vow to never buy candles again.

Scrape the wax off with a paring knife.
Make sure you dispose of wax properly, or you'll be repeating these steps.

When there is nothing left to scrape, turn on iron to medium, dry heat.

Place paper towel UNDER the wax spot and OVER the wax spot.
Hold iron over spot for about 20 seconds.

The towel will absorb the wax. 
Keep repeating, but rotate paper towel so you always are using a clean piece.

Be careful to not let it seep through to your ironing board cover.

When you don't think you are removing any more wax,
wash in hot water.  I used oxy on the spots, too.

Good thing I have this technique perfected,
I need this technique often.

Just the other day a brand new pink table runner
gracing a brand new white lace tablecloth
was initiated into our family with blue wax.
I'm still on the scraping stage with those.

An older, godly man has always told us that
Jesus is in every verse of the Bible.
I believe that.

I also believe we can see Jesus in everything around us.

How do I see Jesus in melted candles?

It illustrates agony and suffering.

 Psalm 22:14
I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.

Doesn't this accurately describe how we feel
when our hearts are overcome with sorrows and trials?

written about our Savior before He suffered.
Of this Psalm William MacDonald says,
"Approach this Psalm with the utmost solemnity and reverence,
because you have probably never stood on holier ground before."

Like wax on linens,
our heart spills out sorrow and pain.

Whenever our sufferings overtake us,
we must remember His sufferings.
That's where it all started.

The melting flames of tribulation
 cause physical and spiritual anguish
and seem too great to endure.
We may cry out,
"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

He hasn't forsaken us.
He forsook His only beloved Son for us.
His Son promised to never leave us or forsake us.

The purpose of His heartache on the cross was soul-winning.
So is ours.
Pour out that melted, suffering heart,
as an offering back to the Lord.
Let it spill all over the world for eternal glory.


  1. "Whenever our sufferings overtake us,
    we must remember His sufferings.
    That's where it all started."

    It's so easy for me pity myself and forget this but once I turn our eyes toward Jesus... "the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace..." and it becomes easier to turn my self-pity into prayer.

    Thank you for sharing this today.

    1. Tandis, thank you for praying for us. It's a daily battle to trust the Lord in trials and trust Him with a heart filled with joy.

  2. I laughed, I felt bad that you got wax on your new runner, and then felt what Jesus must have felt as you directed my heart and thoughts towards Him. Your posts are always uplifting.

    1. Thank you for commenting so often. You always cheer my heart with your thoughts. Thanks!

  3. If you put the cloth into the freezer for half an hour, it's easier to scrape off the wax.

    1. Great tip! Thanks. I had forgotten that so I'm glad you shared.

  4. You can tell a lot about a person in *where* they see Jesus. Thinking you are bound to Him ever so closely!

    So sorry for your sorrow and pain. Praying for God to come to you and bring you peace and assurance that His hand is on you (both).

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted


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