The Problem with Mold

The problem with mold is that is can consume you.
A room closed off from light, left to itself in the damp and dank, has no hope.
Especially if the room is unvisited.  It will be consumed.
The mold will overtake the room until there is no surface left uncovered.
It can be cleaned, sure.  There are even specialists for this nasty chore.

Removing mold takes a lot of work.
Much of your room will be destroyed.
You see, mold is not a surface problem.  Left alone, it becomes a structural problem.
The room must be nearly destroyed and then rebuilt.
But will it be?

No one with a mold problem wants to show it to their friends.
It is disgusting.
But that only perpetuates the problem, doesn’t it?
If no one sees it, no one can help.
A room consumed by mold cannot be cleaned alone.
Yet, no one wants to let another into an infested room.
But once you allow the specialists in – the whole team – the room can be made like new.
Bright and shiny.  Clean and fresh.
A whole new room.
A whole new you.

But I’ll bet mold is not your problem.  I’ll bet you have something else growing, and I’ll bet it’s worse.  And I’ll bet it’s not in a room.  I’ll bet your problem is much closer.  Something that exposure to light would stop almost entirely.  But who wants to let anyone see the filth you’ve been growing!  It’s a horrible mess in there!  You are disgusted by it – showing another person what’s really in there would be unthinkable!  But is leaving it unresolved a better solution?

Maybe your room has been cleaned.  But if I know mold, it will reappear.  In the corner, out of reach.  It may be small, but it is there, and it won’t be small for long.  This is the time to jump on that thing!  A little cleaner and some elbow grease and you’ll be done with it.  Ignore it though, and next time you look it will be as big as it was before – maybe worse.  Now is the time to take care of it, when it is small and easy to remedy.  Maybe you can do it alone, maybe with a little help.  It will be gone in no time if you don’t let it get away from you.

But if you let it get away from you, what then?  It will be an even bigger problem than last time.  Your mold will reach pandemic proportions!  Who will want to clean up that mess?  Your best bet is to clean it now.  It’s a good reminder to open the blinds to let some light in.  Crank out the windows for some fresh air.  Mold cannot survive where there is wind and light.  Mold is not a problem if we stay vigilant.

But we’re not really talking about mold, are we?

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” – Jesus, to Nicodemus. Jn 3:20-21