A few months ago my family decided to clean out the garage. That meant getting rid of a bunch of unwanted things that were of no use. As we sifted through boxes, we were able to clear some much-needed space. Clutter gave way to clarity.
As I looked at pictures of our accomplishment, I couldn’t help but think our journey is a lot like our project. We collect clutter in ways that we don’t even realize. Each piece blocking the way to fulfillment and joy. Only when we make the conscious choice of getting rid of the things that hold us back are we able to move forward.
The season of Lent offers us the opportunity to exam our lives and to recognize the unnecessary baggage that blocks our path. We take a close look at our lives and fearlessly clean house. We are invited to look into each room, each space. We check for hurts, for shame, for regrets. All of the things that bring us down and give us the wrong message about who we are. We empty out all of the damaging messages to make way for hope and light.
This day, I am grateful for the time to reflect in a deeper way on the “stuff” that keeps me from worshipping God in the best way that I can. Upon further reflection, I can get rid of the heavy load and focus on what I am meant to do. I am free to celebrate in the full joy of my salvation. I am free to hope. But most of all, I am free to worship my Creator.