This weekend, with the help of the kiddos, I actually got a lot accomplished. One of our planned chores was the gargantuan task of cleaning the playroom. I have no idea how it got to the state it did but it was an absolute disaster. One bin a time, we sorted, purged, organized and cleaned until it was neat and tidy. I was amazed at how the kids wanted to help, took ownership and stayed the course. At the end of the day, they were proud of a job well done.
I am such a neat freak wannabe! I don’t know about you, buy when a room is clean, I feel so good. I feel relaxed and calm. I feel like I can breathe and I am no longer drowning in a sea of clutter. Messiness drives me crazy but it can be difficult to keep up. One toy in the wrong bin here, a few games stacked on the floor there, a case of markers spilled on Tuesday, train tracks left out on the weekend. Before you know it, you can no longer walk from one end of the room to the other and the dust bunnies are taking over. Without a conscious effort to keep on top of things, a mess can become out of control.
Our spiritual lives can be like this too. So tired today… I’ll just sleep a little later. This project is due tomorrow…I can’t focus on anything else until it’s done. A hotel room with kids? No quiet space alone. Holiday hustle and bustle…got to get it all in. Time to lose a few pounds, exercise has to come first. Going to see a friend today…
Hmmm…how long has it been since we’ve really talked, Lord? How much clutter have I let into my quiet time?
I am convinced that the greatest weapon in the devil’s arsenal is busyness. The busier he can keep us, the less focused we will be on accomplishing God’s will for our lives. When we are not spending time in the Word, in prayer, in worship, God can seem so distant and ever-so quiet. Our way can become muddled as we are preoccupied by things that are less important.
Any time I become distracted and then recommitted my time to the Lord, I have seen a difference in my life almost immediately. Just as I felt calm in the middle of the tidy playroom, cleaning the clutter out of my quiet time brings a sense of serenity to my life. When I trust in Him, my mood improves and I am able to handle stressful situations more easily. When I put quiet time first, it becomes easier to walk in consistent gratitude, enjoy His presence and feel His direction in my life.
Whether we get up a little earlier in the morning, stay up a little later at night or hide in the bathroom for a few minutes throughout the day, we CAN consciously make that decision to put Him first. It is possible to rearrange our priorities, say no to over-commitment and say yes to that special time alone with a great friend and confidante.
How do you clean the clutter from your quiet time? I’d love to hear your strategies for making sure you get to spend time in the Word and in prayer.