Bedrooms... Most of us have or share one. At Charis Centre we have a lot of them!
What if that room was a barometer of our souls? What would someone find if they cleaned out our rooms today? Come with me into this room….
Upon entering, we see footpaths lead into the room. There is clean and dirty laundry blended throughout the floor. Cups, dishes and garbage grace the dresser, drawers, garbage can, closet, and bed. A bible placed on the dresser is now buried under bills. Upon closer inspection we see the closet is bulging with plastic bags and full hangers. Two bags of shoes, a bag of purses, several bags of stinking garbage. The sock and junk drawers are filled with things thrown in helter-skelter. Books, music, snacks and secret things are cleverly stashed.
Every morning we walk out of that room looking put together; clothing, makeup and hair all done to perfection. The stink of garbage overpowered by perfume… we hope. A smile and witty conversation often flows from our lips.
Until one day someone enters our room without permission. If only we had known we'd have clean up some. Shoved things under the bed, or in plastic bags and shut the closet door. Anything so that it looked semi presentable, or like we were “getting to it”. After all “others aren't really affected by how I live. It only affects me and I’m not bothered.” “It's all under control.” “Anyway, it’s not ALWAYS like this. I’ve been busy.” “It’s none of your business….”
Now this may look like your room or you may think; “I only have “little” issues.” Or “I keep an immaculate room”. But is there junk internally? Ask yourself honestly: What is God asking me to deal with today?
What does that half-full moldy cup of coffee on the dresser represent in my life?
Does my soul stink with rotten garbage from the past?
How long will I make excuses rather than deal with issues at hand?
What “secret things” do I have stashed away that God wants uncover?
Why am I not allowing God to open that plastic bag under the bed?
Am I allowing the unnecessary (Or embarrassing) things distract me from spending time with God?
Have you discovered what your bedroom barometer says about you??