We cleaned out the kids’ rooms over the weekend and we are worn out!
There were cricket carcasses behind the furniture from those who escaped the jaws of the lizard in Sam’s room. We found purple nail polish stains on the carpet in Sara’s room. Both rooms had a fine collection of dust bunnies. At least 500 misplaced Lego pieces were found as well as tiny Barbie shoes and utensils.
We rearranged furniture. Moved posters and pictures. Pulled clothes for Goodwill. Threw away broken, unused toys.
It took a lot of time, sweat, patience, focus and motivation… but the rooms are better because of it.
Has God ever done that in your life? Is He doing it right now?
I remember when God rearranged me. Actually, it’s happened a few times.
- He moved things in my life around.
- He got rid of stuff that was broken.
- He cleaned out some dirt and grime.
God renovated me… and it was for my benefit, and His glory.
You know what, though? The times God’s done house-cleaning in me were because I was resistant to what He was wanting to do in me in the first place. God knew things needed to change and He was getting no help from me.
I wonder if you have had the same experience.
So what if instead we ASKED God to rearrange things in us, becoming part of the process rather than part of the problem?
What if we asked God to:
- help us walk away from that abusive relationship
- free us – once and for all – from that addiction
- make us aware of hidden sin
- show us where we are wrong in a situation
- move us to a deeper level of understanding and responsibility
He prayed specifically for God to renovate him. Psalm 139:23-24 says “Examine me, O God, and know my mind. Test me, and know my thoughts.”
In this prayer, David is asking God to search him for sin. Yikes! He even wants God to point it out to Him. Really? And goes even further telling God to test his thought life. Double-Yowee!
Talk about a complete redecoration!
What did David know that we don’t? He understood that God was all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful. David knew that God’s greatest gift to us was allowing us to know Him.
You see… when we allow God to rearrange us, the end result is that we are more like Him. And by becoming more like Him… we learn more of who He is.
The Creator wants us to know Him better, and we get a glimpse of God each time we allow Him to transform who we are.
On this side of heaven, we live in process.
And just like we did with the kids’ rooms this weekend… God desires to make us better.