In case you don’t already know, my sweet husband bought me two parakeets for Christmas because I love birds. Unfortunately, they are not completely convinced that I’m not the devil. So, when I have them out of their cage, I end up spending most of the time chasing them around the house, which amusingly enough solidifies their belief that I am indeed the devil. It’s a vicious cycle, you see.
Anyway, that has nothing to do with the purpose of this post – it’s just a little back story I guess. I mentioned it because I had my precious birds out the other day, and was of course chasing them around the house. One of them thinks it’s funny to hide from me under the couches and tables. This particular day was no different – bird went directly under the couch, ugh! I peered under the couch fully expecting to see my sweet-faced bird looking quite smugly at me. And I was not disappointed. But what I wasn’t expecting to see, was all of the OTHER miscellaneous items that were also taking refuge under the couch.
Now, before you jump to conclusions, let me assure you that I do in fact clean under my couches. How it all accumulates so quickly… I cannot say. But here is a list of what I saw that day…
1 pair of cobalt blue knit gloves turned inside-out.
1 ugly green snow glove without it’s partner. Maybe they had a fight?
1 black leather belt belonging to one 10 year old son.
1 sandwich bag filled with approximately 13 miniature marshmallows.
1 bullet to a Nerf dart gun – slightly chewed.
3 dirty socks belonging to one 10 year old son.
1 doggy chew toy – presumably place there by the dog that was chewing on it.
1 small case of magic tricks belonging to same 10 year old son.
And 1 used napkin.
I know… wow, right? It’s a scary thing. I’m fairly diligent about checking the nooks and crannies of the house because I know my children – one 10 year old son in particular. Anyway, after seeing all that had unknowingly accumulated under my couch, I got to thinking about how I let the same thing happen in my heart.
When I am not diligent in cleansing my heart with the Word of God and through prayer, the inside of my heart starts to look a lot like under my couch. Things that do not belong, take refuge there.
Have you found yourself feeling a little covetous or unthankful lately? Perhaps a twinge of bitterness here and there? Maybe there are a few unmet expectations lingering, causing feelings of discouragement or disappointment? A display of frustration or impatience with a family member? If any of these symptoms ring a bell… it might be time to clean under the couch.
Lord, show me where the clutter is in my heart. Shine a light on the dark places so that I may know what You want removed. Father, help me to keep my heart clear of unholy things that might take refuge there. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Psalms 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.