“Order In The Heart”
Let all things
be done, decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:40
Create in me a
clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms 51:10
Have you ever had one of those days
when it felt like you would have been better off to have stayed in bed? A
day when if things could go wrong they did, and you say to yourself… “Surely
they can’t get any worse.” But they do! Take, for instance, the day God
chose to gift me with a “Chicken Little the Sky is Falling,” kind of a day.
It’s my belief He knew it would take something drastic to open my heart, to
Honestly, the day started out just
like most days did with me making a detailed list, of tasks, to be
accomplished… until I opened one of my kitchen cabinets. To my utter horror
the shelves I had overloaded with breakable dishes collapsed, showering down
an avalanche of broken glass everywhere. It startled me so much that, in my
haste to jump out of the way, I tripped over my own feet and landed firmly,
bottom first, on my kitchen floor. Had that been the only occurrence that
day long ago, it’s doubtful I would have ever seen so clearly the depth of
my need. But, somewhere between the avalanche of dishes, a very important
phone number I had written on a napkin and misplaced, the overfilled stuck
sock drawer, the teaching notes I couldn’t locate, and … well, you get the
picture… the Lord got my full attention.
He began to reveal that my cluttered
cabinets, overloaded drawers, and disorganized closets were only a small
portion of my dilemma. In gentle firmness He pointed me to the real reason
disorder reined in my life and lovingly cut me no slack, as He exposed the
root cause of my crisis… a cluttered heart!
The Lord quickly make known to me
that my cluttered heart was feeding discontent and confusion in my life and
clouding my mind from making wise choices. Like a thief it was robbing me of
joy and stealing my rest. On my face before Him I came to understand why I
felt overwhelmed, anxious, and full of fear most days… why serving Him had
become wearisome. The trap of busyness had me in its clutches… constantly
doing but neglecting time spent in His presence. Just like my home, my heart
had become filled with needless clutter.
Thankfully the Lord didn’t just leave
me in a distressed state of mind. In gracious candor He began to shed light
on how to reclaim order, not only in my home but to the inward part of me…
the chamber room of my heart. He wonderfully led me, through the Holy
Spirit, to scriptures that enlightened me, introduced me to resources I
didn’t even know existed, and equipped me with the tools needed to
accomplish the tasks before me. He even brought some wise godly women into
my life, which mentored and motivated me to press forward, in my pursuit of
order. During this process I learned that a heart that’s in order is clean,
uncluttered, and focused… it’s at peace, full of joy, quite, calm even
during the deadliest of storms. Order in the heart and home is freeing! It’s
like an oasis in a desert land… refreshing and restful.
My life has been and continues to be
influenced by that day years ago. The process for each battle fought and won
to bring order, into my home and heart, has been at times messy, ugly, and
downright difficult! But, in truth it’s been well worth the effort and
energy taken to bring order into my life.
I can’t tell you I now have it all
together, all the time… that I have arrived and that order reigns supremely.
I will tell you that the order in my heart is fixed and turned toward
serving God… but until the Lord takes me home – I’m still a Work in
God bless you until our next
fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give