I like opening a closet door to see everything in its place. When towels and washcloths are arranged just so and neatly stacked, I’m happy. It is nice when sheets and pillow cases are folded the same and look uniform. The closet with décor items and games looks so orderly when I open it to change seasonal decorations.
But we all know it does not always stay that way. In a hurry, things get put away and I think I’ll go back and fix it later. That time lasts longer and longer and the decorations and games closet looks like a small bomb went off when I open the door.
I plan a time to fix it back to being orderly. And then I am happy again.
My life accumulates clutter sometimes too. Too many irons in the fire and not enough time to keep it straight. If I stop and put the clutter into priorities, make changes and remain dedicated to those priorities then all runs more smoothly. I no longer feel anxious and I accomplish tasks with a clear head.
What does it mean to "clutter down?" It means carving out time to evaluate what is most important. Deciding what (or who) needs to go. Taking a hard look at yourself and making choices based on prayer.
God is not in the business of being a magic genie who only brings what you desire. God is in the business of love. If you are finding yourself lacking in love within your world, then something needs to be moved or changed. And that something is probably you. Clutter shows up when you are not focused.
Before you blame this person or that action for your lack of love, pray and ask God to make it clear where you are weak. He has made you and He knows every single part of you and is the only one qualified to bring the answers to you. You will not get an email. Or a text message. You will have a sense of direction if you are sincere about listening to Him and wanting a change.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV version)
Memorize that verse and repeat it out loud when you feel the clutter piling on. Trust God to show what stays and what needs to change in your world. Knowing that everything is based upon love, you will find comfort that God is moving and changing for your benefit.
And the clutter will disappear.