This is my garage.
I’m feeling a little blue this morning. There are just so many issues in my life that need to be taken care of…that need to be dealt with. Some of them are small and some of them are kind of scary. When it’s quiet without distraction, when the neighbor who lives behind us has finished mowing his lawn and the room I write in is filled with silence (mostly) again…when I’m not acting upon the urgent, those things I’ve put off – the small and the scary too – descend upon my head and plop down around my shoulders.
I need to sell my dad’s furniture for him.
I need to sort through my mother’s things and save, donate or toss.
I need to finish preparing for an upcoming speaking event.
I need to give the dog a bath.
I need to work out some major financial issues.
I need to go for a run today.
I need to shop for groceries.
I need to plan and implement dinner.
I need to sweep the floors and change the sheets.
I need to clean out the refrigerator.
I need to find somewhere to put all the things my dad has brought from his home to mine since moving in with us.
I need to unvolunteer myself from the home-bound ministry in which I haven’t been able to follow through.
I need to shave my legs.
I need to clean out my closet.
I need to write and send some thank you cards regarding my mother’s passing.
I need to water the flowers.
But wait…there’s more! There is ALWAYS more.
My list represents real responsibilities and commitments that I NEED to do. The problem is it feels like so much clutter. It feels like the picture above…boxes and bins and odds and ends that leave me overwhelmed and nearly immobilized. We’ve managed to clear a very narrow path in which to walk through our garage.
Before the day gets away from me I must remove some clutter. I need to clear a path in which to walk today. So I prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to lead me in the scriptures and show me a place to lay my weary head even though it’s not even noon! Let me ask the Lord to direct me in what I need to do today. Just for TODAY.
Early this morning I read these words from A.W. Tozer’s book, The Pursuit of God, and though I know he’s speaking in the spiritual sense, I believe I can apply it to my list of “need to dos.”
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). The burden borne by mankind is a heavy and a crushing thing. The word Jesus used means “a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion.” Rest is simply release from that burden. It is not something we do; it is what comes to us when we cease to do. His own meekness, that is the rest.
I’m going to put His word on my blues. My “need to dos” may not dramatically decrease today nevertheless I’ll find my rest. I NEED to.
Do you need to clear a path? Do you need to lay down your burdens?