“God, you’ve walked out on your family Jacob because their world is full of hokey religion, Philistine witchcraft, and pagan hocus-pocus, a world rolling in wealth, Stuffed with things, no end to its machines and gadgets …” Isaiah 2:6,7
Years ago we hosted a foreign exchange student from Switzerland. One day as Andrea looked around our house, she said, “Americans have too much stuff. In Switzerland we don’t have junk.” She was right. Our homes are filled with excess things–a TV in every room, for example.
There is a TV show in which an intervention is done with someone experiencing extreme hoarding. The first time I saw the piles and stacks of items (junk) in the home, with only an aisle to walk through, it saddened me to think anyone would want to live like that. I’ve learned that hoarding is a disorder in which the hoarder suffers from anxiety and distress at the thought of getting rid of any of their items. Imagine how difficult it must be to live under the same roof with a hoarder.
One summer while living in a 26-foot motor home, I survived quite nicely without gadgets and small appliances. Since then I’ve begun to down-size and remove items from my home that I don’t need and give the items to charity. My children will thank me some day when cleaning out my home that their mother was not a hoarder.
Lord, thank you for giving us all we need when we need it. Amen.