Hoping to share the love, joy, and grace I have received in my own life.

Garbage Day

on July 31, 2015

My husband reminded me this morning as he left for work, “Remember, today is garbage day, if there is anything you want to put out.”  Jeff may have reminded me this because I mentioned that I needed to clean out our refrigerator.  He may have also  reminded me because we have both been working on cleaning out things that are cluttering our lives.  I cleaned out the refrigerator and carried out the remnants of leftovers and an expired condiment (or two) to our garbage can for pick up. 

I returned to the house to begin my devotion.  I always start with silent prayer.  In that quiet time, in my special place, I was reminded of Jeff’s words.  “Remember, today is garbage day, if there is anything you want to put out.”  I want to put out hurt, guilt, sadness, grief, anger, fear, frustration…all of the emotions that tug on my heart.  That is really what my devotion time gives me each day.  I am able to sit in silence and always seem to become aware of something that I can pray for and work on to make each day better than the day before.

God does that.  He lets me put my garbage out every day at any time.  There is no need to wait for Friday morning to eliminate some garbage that I am holding on to.  God knows my heart.  I know His.  I can visualize Jesus picking up the bag of garbage I filled with my negative feelings and carrying it away from me.  The Holy Spirit is here to remind me, when I may start to look for the garbage that has been taken, that I let it go to God.  I don’t need to carry it with me any more.  This is why every day is a good day for me.  Sure, things go wrong.  Yes, my patience is tested.  Of course, I am not always happy, but I know, at any time, as soon as I feel anything less than comfortable with what is going on around me, I can let the garbage be carried away. 
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  ~Romans 8:26-28 


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