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 Sheila's Reflections

“Order In The Heart”

August 2007

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 my need. 

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 Progress. 

                                                God bless you until our next visit,

                                                                             Sheila

My heart fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will                       sing and give praises.

                                                                                                Psalms 57:7

 
2006, Search The Word Ministry