Friday, July 6, 2012
Cleaning Up and Moving Up.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Are you a clean freak?
Both my parents were, but I am not.
Don’t get me wrong, I do vacuum, dust occasionally and clean the dishes daily, but it is not what rules my day, my weekend, or my thought process. I tend to gather piles, and then I re-divide the piles, and restack somewhere else. Anybody with me?
I'm a sentimental soul, so I keep a lot of memorabilia. Looking back, I am glad because it now helps me to remember and write about my past experiences. I just need to deal with it right away, find the spot to put it and do it—a discipline.
What does bug me? I like clothes hung up, towels hung up a certain way, and stuff folded neatly in drawers. I like my dishes all organized and grouped. I love a clean car! On a nice day, you’d probably find me in the garden than scrubbing a tub. I delight in a nice manicured lawn and weeded out planters.
My writing area, computer room needs some attention; in fact I am in the process of moving the whole thing upstairs. Some things may linger down here and not make the move. I am ready to really deep clean and better organize. Good-by edits, scraps, outdated, unused—CLUTTER. Why keep it around?
In our walk with the Lord, many times the work that moves us forward requires a big trash bin. Past hurts, failures, disappointments, and unworthiness; whatever it is the clutters up your heart, it gets in the way of seeing the beautiful banquet table the Lord prepared for us. We can continue to divide and give it to God a little at a time, and He will be patient, but why not just tackle this project all at once?
Hey, call in a few fellow believers. Prayer purges piles, grace gathers garbage , truth tosses trash and faith refreshes familiar spaces. Then, celebrate the new surroundings!
Lord, you created me a certain way and have blessed me with a space to share my heart and my gifts. I ask you Lord to help me stay on top of what sometimes clutters and hides your Spirit in my life and in the practical sense Lord, help me to be better organized as I seek to do Your will. Amen.