It has been a long two weeks for us. We moved; and I am always amazed by the amount of things we carry around from place to place.
Why do we hold on to things? It seems to me that even though I get rid of things, other things creep in. Is, “New is better!” always true? Do we possess things or do they possess us?
Every time we move I purge and still it is not enough. What do I do with years of journals, pictures, and other things? Why do I keep them? What is so valuable about things from my past? Do I really need them? I have this vision of chucking all of them into a dumpster and standing atop them and doing a little victory jig as if I were standing atop Everest.
“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
Could I live the simple life?
Perhaps the simple life begins with the soul and spirit as God purges those things from our lives that hinder our relationship with Him and allows us to walk humbly with our God.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
— Psalm 51:7
God knows our propensity for holding on to things, so He purges us in order that we may be ready for the good works He has for us. It is good to know that with God nothing is impossible because nothing is too hard for Him. He is the LORD, and there is no one like Him.
As our things are put away, discarded, or donated I will remember that God will also be doing the same work in me.