I had the strangest dream the other night. My husband and I were packing as fast as we could to move out of a temporary home. The landlord kept calling and banging on the door, telling us to hurry and get out, that the next tenants were ready to move in, that we’d been there too long.
Note: My husband just retired from the military, and we’ve been living in our current home for almost three years. We’re programmed to move and we’re not, so my subconscious is complaining. I am not. As Alice said in Once Upon a Time (Season 7, Episode 18: The Guardian), “Yeah, well, as much fun as traveling realms is, I’m starting to learn you can have a lot of other adventures just staying put; good ones, too.” Having time to find things we haven’t had time to find in just three years, to dig more deeply into our community and get to know its people – really know them – is one of those good, new adventures of staying put.
But back to my dream: We were trying so hard to cooperate with the landlord, but the house was full of clutter. [I didn’t recognize any of it from my real, wide-awake life.] Every time we opened a closet or drawer, we found more clutter. We were throwing things in boxes as fast as we could, but there was no end to it!
Then suddenly we both paused and looked at each other. Mike said, “What are we doing? Where we’re going we don’t need any of this stuff!”
I said, “You’re right! Let’s go!” We ran out of the house, jumped into a waiting vehicle, and told the driver to go, go, go . . .
The dream got really crazy after that, but I won’t go into details. I’ve told you the part that matters, the part that stuck with me.
The dream reminded me that life is short. We’re “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). So why do we spend what time we have collecting clutter, both physical and mental, that we can’t take with us when we go? It’s so easy to get bogged down in distractions, but it’s important to learn, with the Spirit’s help, to keep our eyes focused on what matters and move on.
Father, please “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Help us to focus on what really matters as we journey through this temporary life toward eternity with You. Help us to “throw off everything that hinders . . . and run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Teach us to let go of clutter, to leave it behind and not look back. Help us live wisely for You. Amen
- What is clutter in your life?
- What might letting go of it give you more time, money, or energy to do?