And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Matthew 6:28
The calendar says spring has sprung. When I look at the gray drizzle outside my windows, the only sign of spring are the flowers that sway back and forth, trying to survive another brutal beating from the rain drops. The bright yellow of daffodils bring a little hope that eventually, we will see sunshine again.
With the changing seasons seems to come the time to clean out the closets and organize the house. We’ve made some good progress already at our house and I love it. It’s energizing to get rid of stuff.
But I don’t plan to stop there. A recent unpleasant surprise revealed some cobwebs and items that no longer fit, tucked away in the crevices of my heart. God loves to reveal those hidden spots in our heart and quite often, they’re painful. While I’d like to do a complete clean sweep and start over, God doesn’t work that way. He chips away at our issues, a little piece at a time.
I like to scramble around trying to put a band aid on the wounds because I don’t want to deal with the hurt and pain. It’s easier to put a bandage on and smile, pretending everything is okay. God doesn’t operate in the land of pretend. He might let us get away with it for a time but eventually He’s going to rip the bandage off and force us to face the wounds. Face the hurt. Face the pain. And then He brings complete healing. And our souls sigh in relief because they are finally free of the burden.
I didn’t enjoy the turmoil that came with my situation but when I faced it and told the truth, it was a release. I’m not hiding behind a facade that everything is okay. I stuck up for myself, after all these years and it felt really good!
What are you trying to cover up with a bandage? Do you feel God trying to rip it off and allow His healing breath to finally breathe new life into you and free your soul from bondage? Do you trust Him? You can’t do it on your own but with God all things are possible. Set yourself free my dear friend. Clean out those inner closets and let the Lord shine His light to clear away the cobwebs.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32