We are in the process of a major move. Our life has been interrupted for several months as we packed up the house and moved to a new location. We now have to unpack all the boxes and find a place for everything.
Nothing fits like it did in the former house. We find we packed things we should have left and sold or gave away things we should have kept.
New habits and routines must be established. In the meantime all the things that don’t have a place are sitting in boxes or filling the corners of unused rooms.
It is a mess….clutter everywhere.
Our lives are disrupted. We will get it all straightened out in time, but until then we must endure the clutter.
In the spiritual life, the mind can also be cluttered.
I don’t know of anything that can disrupt a prayer life more than a cluttered mind. When we enter our place of prayer, we bring boxes of stuff that we have been worried about, troubles and fears interfere with our interaction with God. What to do?
Remove the clutter!
Write down the fears, worries, concerns and leave them on the paper. Give it all to God. Then with a quiet heart and mind continue in prayer until he speaks.
You will find that some worries are not as big as they seem, or that God has an answer for you. Learn to give it all to Jesus and trust him to give you wisdom and direction.
I have learned to embrace this text from Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your paths.”
As you look on God and His beauty in prayer the worries, fears, and concerns will fade away when He reminds you that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
The clutter dissipates and you find the peace that only God can give.
Book Suggestion: The Reality of Prayer by E.M. Bounds