This past Saturday a group of ladies at our church gathered to clean out and organize the “Flower Closet.” Our women’s ministry team had been offered storage space in the closet if we would get in there and whip it into shape.
We rolled up our sleeves and proceeded to sift through about four decades worth of Christmas decorations, artificial arrangements, warped candles, and a bunch of stuff that nobody knew what to do with but couldn’t bring themselves to throw away. A few things we thought someone might want went to a second hand shop and a lot went to the dumpster. The rest was cleaned, sorted, organized into plastic containers, and labeled for easy access.
Wow! I couldn’t get over what a difference it made. Before we started one person could barely get in the space at a time. But now it’s open enough to use as a small classroom if we needed to. I was so excited about the transformation, I wanted to conduct tours of our closet on Sunday morning.
Before our work day the space was a catch-all for every bit of unwanted junk. It simply gathered dust and trash. The wasted space was no good to anyone. But then we took stock, threw away, cleaned up, made a plan, and put everything in its place. Now the space is usable, serviceable, and valuable.
Just like closets full of junk our lives can become cluttered and dirty with stuff that shouldn’t be in there in the first place. God wants us to regularly “clean out and organize” our lives. Let’s ask God to search us and show us all the worldly junk we’ve allowed to creep into the closets of our hearts. Then let’s have a spiritual “work day.” What do you say?
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23-24
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That is one of my favorite verses – seems that the closet of my heart can accumulate junk rather quickly!!
Such a great image … and inspiring about our own Women’s Ministry closet. 😉 More than that, inspiring about my heart and mind and asking the Lord to show me what things I’ve gradually gotten used to, since I’ve stuffed things back in the corners to “deal with later.” CLEAN feels so good!
Julie, thanks for sharing with honesty and insight!