People always think I am a great housekeeper, and I must admit, I like an orderly place. My family jokes that they never have to give me notice when they are coming because my home is always ready for company. Not that I am obsessive compulsive, but tidy is my middle name. Or so I thought, until this week when I began to pack and move.
Dust bunnies have been secretly living behind furniture, back of books in bookshelves, and under my cherished knick-knacks. As things were removed and packed, lo and behold the evidence became revealed. I had just been dusting the surfaces and not really cleaning. I had wiped away the dirt people ( and myself) could see, but not what lingered in dark corners.
You see where this is headed, right? The same is true with life. How often do we just dust around the edges that we think people can see and never really cleanse our thoughts and our hearts of the regrets, grudges, doubts and other sins? Are there times we just live on the surface, not willing to go deeper, or beneath, or behind to get to what is really happening in our souls?
Our Lord, who can move heaven and earth, can also lovingly whisper that it is time for us to dust off so He can move in our lives. In the “packing” process, He can reveal that hidden dirt which has been lurking for so long. He may cause us to rearrange some things in our lives as well, which will send those dust mites to fly and scatter. Messy business, but worthy. Soon, like my now empty bookshelves, our souls will shine -cleansed and ready to be filled with Him.
If you feel you are in the in-between time, or what some people call the transition room, don’t fret. God may have closed the door in order to help you dust before you move on. He has the tools to help you become shiny and clean again, ready to “shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
for more about God's purpose during the in-between times,
consider the Bible study Between the Window and the Door
through Abbott Press on Amazon.com. Thanks!