While Jayme studied in the eleventh hour for a macroeconomics final, I grabbed cleaning supplies and started working. Room inspection by the dorm resident assistant would be in an hour and a half, and I figured I could easily whip the room into shape by then. I whetted a paper towel and began swiping out one of the closet drawers.
That’s when from behind me I heard Jayme say, “Oh, they say this will be white glove.”
I paused my cleaning. White glove? Well, that changed things. I was chagrined to realize how much it changed things. I snapped to attention and started wiping the hinges to the cupboards and above the vanity lighting (will the RA use the white glove here?) I left not one hair or spot around the sink.
When I was finished cleaning, Jayme and I cleared out of the room and slid down against the wall in the hallway, waiting for the RA.
“Will she find a bunch of places I missed, and I’m going to be the most humiliated mother ever?” I tried to joke about it, but I felt this shame come up over me, knowing my work probably wasn’t perfect, imaging myself blushing while the RA tapped an impatient toe for me to re-do the cleaning.
The RA finally showed up and began going through the list on her clipboard. “Did you dust the electrical rail that runs around the room?”
No I hadn’t, so I ran for a paper towel.
Then the white-gloved finger pointed to above the light switch.
I ran for another paper towel.
A close eye at the door revealed glue left from tape. “You’ll need to get this off,” she said.
I ran for cleaner, but I couldn’t get off that glue. The RA scrubbed it for me, working at the stain with a few different cleaners until it was removed. Then the words from her mouth, “Looks great! You’re outta here.” hat’s when I breathed for the first time. The RA was very kind, just thorough.
And I see that this is God, and this is me:
The white glove of holiness.
The inspection to come.
The miss-nothing eyes.
The fear in me of shame.
The list signed complete, in the blood of Christ.
…by one sacrifice [Christ] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14 NIV)
Already made perfect. The inspection passed before it even begins.
Being made holy. The grime pointed out. One spot at a time.
Help with the hard spots.
All fear is gone.