Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring Cleaning

By Brenda Black

Spring – what a temptress you are! Longer days, sweeter songs from the birds, a variegated yard of green and budding trees beckon me outdoors. Something innately wants to crawl out from under the trapped-inside seasonal routines and escape to a clean, green spring! I'm worse than a sixth grader itching to hear the 3 p.m. bell and bolt for the fishing hole. I still daydream about skipping a college class and slipping out for a little sunshine behind the dorm room. Then I look at the work list and bite my lip and dig in. When the tunnel is complete, I'll make my great escape. I just hope spring hasn't sprung by the time I am free.

First I have to deal with the cobwebs, clutter and chaos -- three enemies to my lovely spring. Hidden in corners up high and down low, they go unnoticed during wintry, shadowed days. Then a splash of sunlight makes an airy cobweb float and dance conspicuously. How on earth did I not see that! I scold internally. I was probably buried under the clutter! You know of which I speak -- those piles you never quite sort or the drop and run heap in a handy chair. There are the magazines and month-old papers molding a mountain near the recliner where you've nested under granny's afghan night after long winter night. Finally, although the season of shut-in is coming to an end, there seems to be no finality to the chaos that crowds our brains year round. The telephone and computer and the constant urge to be tapped into everything has my head spinning.

Spring is the permission for sweet release! Onward and outward to fresh air, fruitful living and freedom! As you embark on your great escape that's good for the mind and body, don't forget to clear the cobwebs, clutter and chaos in your soul.

Some overlooked cobwebs may need to come to light. “He [God] reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.” (Daniel 2:22)

Next, clear out some of the clutter over which you are stumbling. “Jesus answered, 'Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this worlds' light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.'” (John 11:9-10) Shed some God light and start living right! Otherwise, Satan is going to messy up your life. “Jesus turned and said to Peter, 'Out of my sight, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.'” (Matthew 16:23)

If we can't de-clutter our own lives by seeking the clear way with God, we become clutter to others. And there's a high price to pay for being so careless. “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.” (Romans 14:13) Grace from God, grace for yourself and grace for others certainly cleans out a lot of unnecessary clutter!

The cobwebs are cleared. The clutter is under control. Now be still. Step away from everything man-made and breathe in something far more magnificent – the sights and sounds and smells of spring! Go ahead. Do it right now. When you come back inside, you are sure to feel better.

Fresh air from an open window and the fresh breath of God washing over you are designed to renew. Spacious, sunny skies and rolling green meadows are a healthy contrast to cluttered desks and chaotic lives. Sometimes we just need to walk away and get alone where it's quiet. Down time produces up turned attitudes. We were not created from cobwebs, out of clutter or for chaos. We were designed for fellowship.

Time spent with the Lord in His creation might just be the best spring cleaning you ever did.

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