Spiritual Sponges

Spiritual Sponges

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Soapy water ran down the bike’s fender from the sponge I squeezed while helping my husband wash all the dust and grime off his Harley. Each time I plunged the sponge back into the bucket, the fibers filled up with the cleaning solution and I continued the chore trying to get “Ol’ Smokey Gold” clean again. My foot tipped the bucket over sending water and the sponge onto the ground. Rivulets of water crept into the surrounding grass and dirt creating mud.  My sponge lay in a pool of wet dirt and the only way to eliminate the mud was to rinse my sponge over and over again with clean water.

Later that night as we were watching a movie on TV, a depressing mood enveloped me but I couldn’t figure out why. No particular distressing event had manifested during the day. As I pondered my feelings, the image of the sponge came back to me. The sponge soaked up dirty water because it was immersed in mud. My mood was in direct correlation to the movie I was watching. I was filling up my emotional sponge with mud and mud is what my emotions were dispensing.

We absorb whatever we are exposed to, even if it is not intentional. As I sat in front of the TV and watched a depressing movie, I became depressed. If we watch horror shows, we will become fearful. When conversing with others who are critical, jealous, or rude, we can pick up their attitudes and habits.

If all we allow in us are ungodly, negative, and fearful characteristics, when temptation comes we don’t have any strength to draw from for resistance. Temptation puts pressure on us. It squeezes us. If we have had a bad day and then someone says the wrong thing, or pulls out in front of us in traffic, we might respond with anger and accusation. When our emotions get squeezed, whatever was put into us is what will come out.

Because we have to live in this world, we will constantly be exposed to things that are opposite the kingdom of God. That’s why we need to fill up every day, and in every circumstance with the water of His Word, then when the pressure is on us His sweet water is what will come out. We will be His glorious church, without spot or wrinkle.

That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:26-27).

Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. Her first book, God's Maps, Stories of Inspiration and Direction for Motorcycle Riders was released in March, 2018 and is available at Amazon. She serves as Chaplain for the Word Weavers Madison, Georgia chapter. Barbara posts on her blog.


  1. Your post needs reading and re-reading! Our choices make us who and what we are. While we skirt around this, it remains true. As a man (or woman) thinks, so is he. Thanks for sharing.

    • So many times the reminder that “as a man thinks in his heart so is he” has helped me get my thoughts back on track. But, unfortunately, I fall away from that sometimes too. Keeping that truth ever before us is a gentle push from our Father to keep our minds on Him. Thanks for your comment, Jude!

  2. Great analogy!

  3. Thanks Linda. Have a great day!

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