As I type this blog my husband and I have movers bringing the last of our belongings to our new home. If you know me you might be thinking "Jonny and Sarah are moving again???" Well, yes. I can't believe it myself but we finally realized that the scorpion "problem" at our last house was not going away despite the hundreds of dollars we'd spent on pest control. There was no controlling those guys and at the 35th and largest scorpion found right next to my bare footed daughter we decided it was time to move. We found a new house and packed and moved all in less than 1 week. This is fast. Boxes were packed and unpacked in the same day. So, here I am sitting on the couch in my new home while other people bring in my belongings. "What a lazy bum Sarah is," you might say, "Why is she sitting around?" Well that's because yesterday after carrying many large boxes up and down stairs, I picked up a fairly small box and threw out my back. Stupid old lady back. I've now been sitting and watching as others around me do the work that I need to be doing. It is humiliating and humbling but also revelatory. So what is it revealing? As my husband and I packed we started seriously reviewing what we need and what can get thrown away or given away. I started getting excited as the piles of "get rid of stuff" grew. I loved the idea that I wouldn't be carrying any of that un-wanted un-needed stuff with me to our new home. I also was in awe of how much stuff we had accumulated. Stuff we hadn't used in months and possibly years. Stuff that we'd been dragging around with us and not even knowing why. Not anymore. We are lighter and leaner. We are svelte and it feels amazing. So why don't I do that in my life regularly? How much "stuff" do I accumulate emotionally that I drag around and bear the burden of only because I don't want to take the time to sift through it and get rid of it?
2 Corinthians 5-8 1-5For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we'll never have to relocate our "tents" again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what's coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we're tired of it! We've been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what's ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we'll never settle for less.
I love that. A little heaven in my heart so that I won't settle for less. I need to keep my life trimmed down to that little bit of heaven so that it doesn't get covered and hidden by the clutter and become "out of sight out of mind." Time to clean out!