As I described in one of previous posts, it has taken us awhile to settle into this place we moved into 6 months ago. For the first couple of weeks I was running on “we just moved!” adrenaline and unpacked, organized, and rearranged furniture like a crazy woman. But once my kitchen was all unpacked and there were at least sheets on every bed, I kind of just sputtered out and gave up. School started and I was too busy doing the chores of daily maintenance to unpack any more boxes. So whatever was not absolutely necessary to the running of our daily lives stayed packed in the piles of boxes in our room. Things got unpacked on an as-need basis.
When I stared at all those boxes before going to bed, it was easy to get discouraged and feel like we would never get it all done. But eventually I discovered that, for me at least, the best way to go about it was to do a little every day or every week. Instead of trying to unpack a whole box, sometimes all I had energy for was to take one item out and put it away. On another day, I moved all the frames out of our room and put them in the rooms where I wanted them hung and that felt like a major accomplishment.
So what does all this have to do with Truth Tuesday? Well, this past weekend, as Larry and I scrounged up the energy to put up two frames in the living room before going to bed, I was struck that this is kind of like how God makes home in our hearts. When we received the Lord, He moved into us and He brought with Him all the riches of His divine life. But sometimes those riches stay packed in boxes in the rooms of our heart and never get experienced or expressed by us. Maybe when we first got saved, we allowed the Lord to come in and make major changes that were really dynamic, but as time goes by, we might fall into a daily christian life of just routine maintenance and the Lord never has a way to fully move in. We relegate Him to a certain room in our heart and only go through those boxes if we need something…like patience or love or endurance. We may become content with having Christ only partially moved in, never realizing that His real goal and intention is to fully make His home in every part of our heart.
If this is your situation, as it is mine, don’t be discouraged. Don’t stare at the pile of boxes and say it will never happen. Just allow the Lord to unpack the boxes little by little. Maybe you got up five minutes earlier today to read the Word. That’s great! Maybe you stayed up for five minutes to pray before going to bed even though you were dead tired. Awesome! Maybe you obeyed the Lord by not saying what you really wanted to say to your spouse. Great job! Maybe you included the Lord in your decisions while you were out shopping. Bravo! Don’t despise the day of small things; all these little things eventually add up and before you know it, the Lord has gained a little bit more of your heart. The Lord loves moving into fixer-uppers and He will work and work and work in us until our heart becomes the home that fully expresses Him. Some days we’ll have big experiences like the knocking down of a wall, but most days we’ll have small experiences like putting away a spatula or hanging up a frame. Big or small, all these experiences are Christ moving in. Before you know it, your heart will be a place He’ll be happy to call home sweet home.
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man; that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you being rooted and grounded in love.”