We got a new refrigerator a few weeks ago. This is remarkable for a couple of reasons… First of all, we were not planning to get a new refrigerator at this particular time. Our old one broke so it was a spur of the moment necessity. Secondly, my husband is a fixer. He can fix almost anything and takes pride in doing so. When the old fridge broke I was prepared to have him tinker with it, order parts and fix it. That is not what happen. In an uncharacteristic move he announced shortly after it stopped working that we should get a new one.
It’s pretty exciting to get a new appliance. We had spent time window shopping refrigerators for the “some day” purchase, so we know the type we wanted. Because we live in a somewhat rural area and because we needed a specific size to fit the space in our kitchen, we had to order so it took a couple of days before we had the new refrigerator. This gave us time to prepare. Switching out the old for the new is a lot more work than you might think.
First of all, we had to empty the old refrigerator. This was entertaining to say the least. The 4 bottles of brown mustard in the door we bought because we couldn’t remember if we had any when we were at the store. The old Tupperware at the back of the bottom shelf that had a science experiment growing inside. It all had to go. We threw away a lot of stuff we didn’t need. We kept some stuff. It reminds me of how the Holy Spirit works in our hearts. If we let him, he will go thru all the stuff and help us get rid of the things we don’t need – extra things that are not necessary, rotten things that we’ve tried to push to the back and forget about. Best of all, He will help us make use of the things that are good in us.
The next step was to remove all the treasures from the outside of the fridge. Our old fridge was covered with magnets, pictures, newspaper clippings, artwork, invitations…covered. Again, we had to remove everything, sort thru it and decide if we would keep it, find a new place, or throw it away. When the new fridge was in place, it was so pretty I did not want to clutter it up with too much “decoration”. I choose a few special items and hung them on the side of the new fridge where we can still see them, but they don’t detract from the beauty of the new appliance. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we become a new creature. All shiny and beautiful. Don’t clutter up your shine with unnecessary junk. Let the beauty of who you are show and choose carefully what you allow to be seen on you.
When we pulled out the old fridge, the wall behind and the floor underneath needed a good scrub down. Of course, you don’t have to be getting a new appliance to do this but let’s be honest…how often does that happen? You don’t want to put a brand new item in a dirty space. The same with our relationship with God. We want the space we invite Him into to be clean and pleasing. Don’t get me wrong, He will meet you where you are and then help you clean up your space. My point is there are some things we can clean up on our own. It is so important to be aware of our surroundings and what we are exposing ourselves to.
Finally, the new fridge was in place and it was time to start filling it. It has a different layout so we had to think about the best way to organize items. Things that we use often have a prominent, easy to reach spot. Similarly, we need to keep the Word of God in a prominent place in our heart and in our minds. Meditating on scripture keeps the promises within easy reach so when we are faced with a challenge they are right there.
It seems silly to be so excited about a refrigerator, but we are really enjoying it. We are keeping it organized inside. We are more careful to remove things before they turn into a science experiment and we haven’t cluttered up the front with a lot of junk.
I’d like to keep my heart like my new fridge.
- Organized so that the things I need the most are easiest to reach
- Full of good stuff – nothing hidden and rotting at the back of the bottom shelf
- Free of clutter so Jesus’ shine can be seen in me
- In a clean place where the Holy Spirit feels comfortable and can work in me
What can we do this week to prepare our hearts for what God has planned for us?