A few weeks ago I started to smell a stale smell in my house. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, so I went on a hunt and sniffed in every room. Unfortunately, I couldn’t determine the location. Determined to eliminate the smell I grabbed a bucket, some bleach, and a sponge and I cleaned every nook and cranny of the house. Feeling successful, I left the house and returned a few hours later. To my surprise, the smell was still there. The only change was that the smell was now mixed with bleach.
Exhausted and discouraged I sat down and prayed. I said, “Lord I need your help. Show me where that stale smell is coming from?” Before I could complete my sentence, the Lord told me to go to the vent on the wall in the upstairs hallway. I have two vents in the house, which are connected to the HVAC system. The HVAC unit pushes and pulls the air through the filters in the vents. I immediately jumped up and went to the hallway he indicated. When I originally installed the filter, it was a pearly white color, but now it was dark gray and filled with dirt and dust. I then went to the second one, and this filter was so dirty it was almost entirely black. I was so excited the Lord showed them to me. I usually do a good job of changing them every three months like you’re supposed to, but this time I didn’t. I thought, “Boy I won’t let that happen again.”
I changed the filters and immediately I could smell the fresh air circulating through the house. The house started to smell fresh, but at the same time, I could still smell a faint stale smell. I said, ”Lord I still smell it.” Before I knew it, I jumped up and started walking. The Lord led me straight to one of my floor mats. It was a new mat, and it was made out of material I was not familiar. I step on the mat daily so out of curiosity I picked it up and put it to my nose and smelled it. Bingo! That was the source. I took the mat outside and went back in the house. Within a few minutes, the house smelled fresh. Praise God that stale smell was gone.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14