We have old carpet stains at our church. The church provides sodas for people to drink, and sometimes the soda cans, full of sticky sugar, get knocked over .. and splash!!! ... stains happen.
Unfortunately, we ladies of the church have neglected the stains for many months now. Quite a few stains grace the floor in the fellowship hall, but a good-sized one with a lovely spray pattern lies in the hallway, and a round one about the side of my hand sits in the middle of the aisle in the sanctuary.
The stains were mentioned to me again recently. Nobody, really, is "in charge" of cleaning, exactly. Adam rented a big machine carpet cleaner last year, but it didn't touch the soda stains.
How long does it take to make a stain? Two seconds? Carelessness, silliness, hastiness.
How long does it take to remove such a stain?
I sat and I scrubbed and I wiped and I dug and I wiped and I rinsed and repeated.
And forgot about it.
But stains have a way of coming back over time. The sugar is sticky and attracts dirt, and we walk on it, and eventually the stain darkens. It seems to worsen with time. Stains never, ever clean themselves. Eventually somebody has to come with cleaning supplies, sit on the floor for an hour, and apply some elbow grease.
How appropriate that this happened in church. Stains happen, even in church.
When I left, both stains were still wet, and neither was free of bubbles. I could have scrubbed and wiped another hour.
"Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain.
He washed it white as snow."