The household chores get done, one at a time. Frustration over lack of storage in my new abode had me looking at things in a different way. Where I kept things in the past need not be where they remain. But finding the new place often means tracing backwards.
The platters that make sense in the closed cupboards of the china hutch can be equally stored in a closet. But the closet is awkward and sort-of full, but not. The blankets that take up three shelves can easily be stacked on the floor, in that awkwardly tall space before the first shelf starts. Which opens up three shelves. There go the platters and also the table linens, opening up the hutch to serve as a pantry. But the only way to make the blankets fit was to donate one. It was large, unwieldily, and hadn’t been used in years. Out with the old makes way for the new way of life.
It isn’t only the closets getting repurposed. After waking, again, in the middle of the night, waking up to thoughts of a particular source of stress. I refuse to live that way anymore. The hours of uninterrupted sleep slowly dwindle until 3 is the max if I am at home. While away, I can easily sleep 9, but I have allowed stress in rooms where it does not belong. What started as determination that these stress-thoughts would not be allowed in my bedroom, ended with those thoughts only being allowed in one room, in one chair, and only when there is a pen in my hand, my prayer journal in my lap, and my Bible on the arm of the chair. Out with the old way.
“A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.'” –Isaiah 40:3-5, ESV
The way for Jesus to come, prophesied thousands of years ago, is the same today. Clearing the old ways, making straight the way that He may come. Out with the old so that the new may come and blossom. For only when we let go of that which ties us down can we embrace all that He has planned. Let go of the weight that entangles. Leave behind the things that no longer have a place. And donate those things that are good, just no longer good for you. Let someone else benefit.
Let go your stranglehold on the past. Walk forward in faith, believing He will do all He promises.