Thursday’s Thoughts on the Home – microwave gook

I am not a very good housekeeper.  If I had hired myself, I’d have to fire me.  But every once in awhile I find a good trick that I like to pass on.  This week I found one.

I was reading a “Biblezine” that had a calendar inside it.  For June one of the dates said to clean out your microwave today and offered a trick to clean it.  My microwave was disgusting – too much reheating of food and too little wiping it down afterwards.  I know that if I would regularly clean it I wouldn’t need a trick to get it clean.  But I don’t so I did.  And it worked perfectly!

Here’s what you do (for those microwave slobs like me):

  1. Take a small bowl of water.  Squirt some fresh lemon juice in it.  (I didn’t have fresh so I used a squirt of bottled lemon juice)
  2. Cook it in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  3. Leave it in the microwave for 5 minutes – DO NOT OPEN MICROWAVE until after the 5 minutes.
  4. Open microwave take a paper towel or rag and easily wipe off all that grime that was caked on.

My microwave hasn’t been so clean since I bought it.  Except for the pealing of the paint inside of it from when I tried to clean it with a cleaner that stripped the paint.  If only I knew the lemon water trick back then!

When I sat down to write, this was all I was planning on including.  But while typing, I thought about yesterday’s whistle post and how the water in the microwave is another analogy of Christ.  Whenever I’ve tried to clean out that microwave, I couldn’t get all the grime off.  But when I let the steam from the water do the work, it easily came clean.  I couldn’t do it on my own.  That bowl of water is like Christ.  We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us – but we have to let Him do the work.  Don’t open the microwave too soon!


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