Finding Grace . . . in the Clutter
by Cynthia L Simmons
Clutter. I have too much in my house, however, I find sorting difficult. What should I keep, and what should I toss? Many items came from my childhood home, so they hold emotion-laced memories. For instance, I have a brass clock a friend gave my parents for their fiftieth anniversary. I also have a chipped porcelain knickknack my mother treasured.
Should I keep one and discard the other? Part of me remembers earthly things will fade away. Neither the clock nor the statue will last forever, but these mementos represent dear ones now in God’s presence.
However, I also feel great relief as I think of the verse in Hebrews 4 which states, “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.” Jesus is not standing over me, shaking a finger in my face regarding my keepsakes. Rather, I can “… draw near to the throne of grace and… receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
I conclude my Father understands my tender feelings, and I can depend on Him to help me discern which items to discard, which to keep and which need new homes. He will even guide me in deciding when to choose one of those. I’m thankful for Jesus and His mercy as I deal with clutter.
Cynthia L Simmons and her husband have five children and reside in Atlanta. A Bible teacher and former homeschool mother, she writes a column for Leading Hearts Magazine and for Old School House Magazine. “Cyndi” is fond of history and offers younger ladies the elegance of God’s wisdom. She hosts and produces Heart of the Matter Radio. Her website is www.clsimmons.com.