My old house is empty except for a few things left behind as simple staging. Isn’t that funny? Towels, but no laundry; soap, but no dirt. Setting the stage…for new owners whose lives and livings will be totally different from yours in the same space. It’s actually a bit odd when you think about it, but we set the stage every single day by choosing what we’ll put out for public display in our lives and what we’ve determined that we’re going to take to our grave without sharing.
My new house is full of boxes. The boxes are labeled according to what room they were in back in the old house. I always do that. I label the boxes according to the paint color on the walls of the old house and then I label the doors of the new house according to those same room colors. It means, theoretically, that you’ll have some clue where your stuff is when you need it…assuming you knew where it was located in the old house. (Sometimes it is just a theory. Sometimes the boxes get put in the wrong colored rooms. Yes, that happens.)
I walked through the boxes on Sunday morning and I thought about how our lives are a bit like all those stacked items in containers. We have what we put out on display for everyone to see…and we have those things that we keep contained or hidden or private. Sometimes we keep those things so well hidden that we don’t even share them with those closest to us…for lots of reasons…some of them good and some of them not.
No matter what you’ve chosen to display or hide today, this is your friendly reminder of one very important thing.
God sees it all.
He knows it all.
He knows the hows and the whys and the wheres and all of the details that we’ve managed to forget or remember wrong or even just chosen to stew over.
God sees inside your boxes and He loves you anyway.
There is nothing inside of you that He doesn’t know about and already have a plan to use it for your eventual good. He’s promised to do so, in fact, but He’s also very polite.
He will not barge in and unpack your boxes…your attitudes or your hurts or your prideful things…unless you ask Him.
Ask Him today.
It’s always better to have help with the heavy stuff…and we’re all going to need it eventually, anyway.
Prayer for today: Thanks for knowing me so well and still loving me, God! Help me trust You enough to let you unpack all the boxes and the baggage that I have stubbornly refused to unpack before You–as if You didn’t already know all about it! Give me eyes to see You in the common things of life and help me to remember You love me even when I make mistakes or forget to be grateful. Use whatever You choose to create a deeper bond between us and make me more like Your Son. I am Yours…baggage, boxes and all. Oh, and God, thanks for being mine, as well.