A paper clip, an old set of truck keys, a battery, and one lone heart shaped earring. I toss them all into the drawer. You know the drawer, the one that holds everything but nothing. The drawer you go through with a slight degree of insanity every time something is missing in action. And then have to rearrange all the nothingness to get the drawer to even shut back, after you never found what you were looking for in the first place.
I could clean the drawer out and stack it neatly with some new company dish towels. The fancy ones you pull out when people come over. Because you don’t dare use the ones permanently adorned with coffee stains and spaghetti sauce!
Maybe I’ll find something of use in that drawer. I may find that other earring that’s been missing for almost a year, that battery may still have a bit of juice left, I may need to unlock the door on that old truck we sold seventeen years ago, or not.
So much stuff in that drawer and not one thing belongs there. What do I find when I open it?
I wonder what God would find if He opened our hearts? Sometimes we hang on to things that cause us to sin. I use to be terrible about hanging on to past hurts and bringing them out in a “Ta-Da” kind of fashion to hold over the person’s head who injured me. I’d even keep my past failures hidden away and take a guilt trip or two. We can keep them hidden from everyone but God. He knows our heart. He sees our pain, sadness and bitterness. He wants to replace it with healing and perfect peace.
How do we allow God to fill those spaces where we need Him the most? We study the word of God and seek Him with our whole heart. Hide His word in our heart. God has His hands held out, He’s waiting for us to empty our heart of all the things that don’t belong there so He can fill it back up. Let’s give it all to Him, don’t hold back anything.
Fill me up with more of you Jesus, unclutter my heart.
Psalm 119:11 (NIV) I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.