I want to throw out the junk in my life. I want a clean house, a fresh start, a new beginning. But I can’t do that. The junk in my life is what’s made me who I am, and I praise God for every single bit of it, no matter how dirty it gets.
Some junk is hard to get over, but I know that with some help I can climb to the top and conquer any obstacle. Not a literal pile of junk, of course, because I learned from that one episode of Arthur that climbing in a junkyard only leads to a doctor’s visit and a shot in the butt. But in all seriousness, God definitely gives me what I need to get over the junk in my life. There are so many windows in my life to see how God has provided a way out of the junk: I needed scholarships, and He provided in a way only He can. I needed love, and I found love in His arms. I continually long for peace, and I have felt peace in everything I have asked for peace in. I carried sin around for so long, but God has a way of knowing how far you have to go before you turn back and see His glory, feel His grace, and start to seek His will. He knows.
Maybe now that God’s helping me clean house, maybe my clothes will all be hung up, there won’t be any garbage to take out, and the dishes will do themselves. Or maybe they won’t, because God never promised an easy, junk-free life. He promised to help, and that’s good enough for me.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff.
Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you; you have only to be silent.
James 1:2 Count it all joy, brothers, when you meet any trial for you know that testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Phillipians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.