Sometimes things need to get cleaned out of our lives, to make room for the new blessings that awaits us! Sometimes things have to be ripped from our grip, while with other things we seem to be able to easily let go. So thankful that our Father sets seasons up in our lives, especially the more difficult ones, because as their name implies, they come and they go.
Just recently, while on a much needed retreat/vacation from the normal day to day routine, our trip was interrupted with some disturbing news. We were told that our finished basement had four inches of water standing in it. This news arrived with messages that an alarm had been tripped, at our house, and someone had entered. We began sending messages to our son, and a friend who had graciously accepted the task of feeding our outdoor cat, Fish Stix. Our son confirmed that it was not him, and since he alone knew where the key was hidden, we instructed dispatch to send the authorities to investigate. We also contacted our local neighborhood security 🚨 to see if they noted any suspicious activity and while my husband was still on the phone with them, our always calm and the epitome of cool, friend called and informed us that no one was breaking in. He had tripped the alarm when he attempted to see why water had come rushing out of the garage. 💦💦 Bless this man, Lord! He had ridden across the Lake from his lake house on his sea doo, to feed the cat. Barefoot and no phone, he was forced to back track to retrieve phone, vehicle 🚗 etc. To say that there were a few minutes of high stress is an understatement! So we called off the law, and went into assess the damage and form new plan mode. He easily found the problem. It turned out to be the main line coming into the house. It had a leak at the entry point. He turned off water at meter base and attempted to get water flowing outside. We will be forever indebted to him! He did what we could not do, and we are very grateful! He will think twice I’m sure before agreeing to feed Miss Fish Stix, again. Who can blame him?
We knew things could not continue as planned. We also knew, it would be late the next afternoon, before we could get back. Thankfully, on our way home the next day, when we contacted our insurance company, they suggested using cleaning professionals, and gave some names of companies that they use. I contacted them and had them arrange to meet us there the following morning. That turned out to be the best decision of all. It’s a large space and there was a lot of “stuff” in there. We were going in circles in the chaos and very overwhelmed! The professionals came, assessed the damage, and formed a plan. Our spirits lifted as the work started with focus and determination. We realized just how much their help was needed. They came in with the right equipment for the job.
It was also a great opportunity to teach our 11 year old the difference in “stuff”, and what is really important in life. Our once treasured stuff, just eventually ends up as trash and forgotten. The real tragedy would have been a lost or hurt family member or friend. This was a bump, an inconvenient, somewhat costly one. It was a set back, but nothing more. This too shall pass. It may pass at turtle speed, but it will pass. 🐢🐢
Now with a lot of excess gone, I was able to go through and keep only the “can not part with, must make me smile,” stuff! Organized and purposeful were my new words to focus on. It has been a good lesson on not putting things off, and getting rid of the excess in life.
Too much stuff, has a tendency to weigh us down, and cause stress. I, for one, do not need nonliving, non-breathing, junk, stressing my mind and weighing me down. So, it’s got to go! In the same way, the cares and worries of this world, must be something I clean my mind of constantly. Daily is not enough. There are times when this must be done moment by moment. That’s where prayer and Bible reading come in. When we pray and release our cares and struggles to the only One who can work on the inside of them, and have faith and know that He works on our behalf, then we receive his peace and joy. Someone that doesn’t know him may think that’s lazy or arrogant, but it’s actually being obedient. It frees us up to focus on his Kingdom work and open up to the people He is placing around us. When we read His word, believe it, and apply it to our lives, it begins to work inside of us cutting off the excess! There are times when we can not handle the battle alone, and we need to call in re enforcements! Someone to assess damage, form a plan in prayer and strategy to help us fight against the attacks that come. These situations call for experienced Intercessors and happy is the person who has them as friends! If you do not have any, call upon the Name of Jesus, He is assuredly all one could ever need! He is unlimited and unmatched in power and majesty and He awaits our call. He pursues us with an everlasting love and desires to have a close, personal relationship with us.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:29 ESV
“”Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:1-3, 5-6 ESV
Prayer: Father Help us to declutter our minds and lives with your help. In Jesus name, Amen.