We’ve enjoyed several days of temperatures in the upper 70’s and a few in the 80’s. In the south that means don’t blink or you will find yourself missing Spring. Our mild winters lead us straight to the hot days of summer. I love spring and all that it represents. The excitement of trees budding, grass turning green, flowers blooming and, not to mention, I love Easter candy.
My excitement makes focusing on my list of cleaning and planting a little easier for my ADD brain. I begin sketching out flower bed plans, researching plants, and every way possible to organize a closet. Usually, my list of cleaning and planning goes far longer than my actual achievement. Just as spring time brings excitement for growth and new things to come, it is also a time to get rid of the old stuff we have in the crooks, crevices, and crannies of our homes and our hearts.
I began this past weekend preparing to complete one of my spring ideas. First on my list was a flower bed that continues to bring me grief. Nothing seems to live long or grow very much in this bed. Well nothing except, WEEDS!! Eight years I’ve battled this bed. I was reminded how hard this fight has been when I pulled up a dead plant left over from last year. I think it died soon after I planted it last spring, yet there it was still in the bed. A year later and I’m just now pulling it out. Despite my history I’m determined this year will be a success. Take caution, WEEDS! Your time is up! Take hope plants! I will not let you die!
Why is it so hard sometimes to get it all accomplished and keep it all going? Our momentum sometimes gets blocked by our personal defeats, distractions, and desires. Instead of cleaning our hearts we stick it out of sight, out of mind or can I suggest we sweep it into the crevices of our heart. Maybe it even sprouts there like my weeds and we just don’t take time to pull it up. It took lots of effort on a beautiful Saturday morning to dig out tons of weeds, dead plants, and put out new soil. You see if we had just put out new soil the weeds would have just grown right through and would have still been rooted in every area of the flower bed. We had to dig them up. Much to my back’s dislike! My husband reminded me, as impatient as I was, we couldn’t begin adding new soil until all the old plants and weeds had been removed.
How do we remove those things in our hearts that do not need to be there? Possibly we’ve even forgotten they are there. We enjoy looking forward instead of looking back or inside. This spring let’s not let what’s in the crooks, crevices, and crannies of our hearts to jump out and snag our momentum to grow in the Lord. Let’s take time to clean.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right[b] spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
- Pray for a clean heart. Psalm 51 shows us how to ask God for a clean heart. Don’t store things in your mind or heart that are not from God. Often times we hold on to memories and hoard up broken emotions in order to validate the wrongdoing done to us. Our spiritual life will pay the price until the soil of our heart is without them.
- Plead guilty. Admit to God our transgressions. Holding on to things that do not push us forward only feeds to our pride. Pride will blind us and trip us. Holding on to things or people even though we know God has told us different will feed our fears and continue to stunt our growth.
- Place yourself in His presence. God is our hiding place, our shield and His word is our hope. Stand in His light and it will be a lamp to your feet. Spend extra time in worship and His word. It will ignite a momentum that nothing can slow down. I’m reminded of when Moses said to God,”If You don’t go with us, do not send us up from here.” Remaining in His presence it vital to our stamina and success.
- Plant new seeds. Hide his word in your heart so that it will provide strength in both days of trouble and in moments of weakness. Testify to others what makes your garden grow. Tell them how your spring cleaning the crooks, crevices, and crannies of your heart so that changed your life will be changed forever!