I have one of those walk-in closets. Nothing crazy. Just a small one. Big enough for you to step in, do a little twirl, and step back out.
I really like it. The spaciousness gives opportunity for lots of organization BUT it also gives opportunity for lots of mess. The latter was what I was dealing with today… In a major way!
Nothing was where it was supposed to be. Clothes were everywhere except hanging on hangers or neatly folded and put away. Despite the fact that the mess had been irking me so much, every time over the past week that I decided that I was going to “handle it” I would end up putting it off until later… and I know exactly why.
Whenever my closet, or any place for that matter, is neat and tidy it just seems like the “right” thing to do to put something in it’s proper place. It’s like a natural inclination. However, when the place is already a wreck, I find myself justifying making an even greater mess by saying things like “I might as well just set this down on the floor for right now seeing as the whole room needs a cleaning anyway.” Or something along the lines of that.
As I was finally cleaning my closet this afternoon (#gettingthingsdone) I felt God use this whole situation to illustrate a great truth to me about my spiritual life.
It is so easy for things to spiral out of control if there is already something amiss.
If something is out of place in my spiritual life and I don’t take care of it right at the moment that I realize it then there is a great chance that my spiritual mess will continue to grow and grow until I eventually find myself stuck in a dark place wondering how I ever allowed myself to get there.
Do I have no peace? Am I giving way to fear? Am I struggling with sin? Living with guilt? What things in my life are out of place? What lies am I believing?
I must seek out those things that are amiss and put them in their proper place – right away. This is how we cleanse our hearts…
and our closets!