“…. You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren’t hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in.” Matthew 12:45
My daughter Susan said every time she’s moved, she dumped the contents of a junk drawer into a storage tub. She’s moved many times, and I’m sure the tub is filled with interesting items. Today I’m thinking about stuff in my junk drawer back home. It’s probably similar to Susan’s stuff–unidentifiable screws, keys, batteries, bread bag ties, a game piece, coupons, etc. Most of it could be tossed, but I keep them “just in case.”
My mental junk drawer looks more like this: Unresolved issues with a long-time friend, feelings of inadequacy, fear of failure, resentment of missed opportunities, a worthless worry box filled with “what if’s,” and guilt for all the times I’ve disappointed people I love.
I pray one day my junk drawer will be replaced with a “blessings” drawer filled with people to pray for and answered prayers, plans for future volunteering opportunities, and a never-ending abundance of love, peace, and joy.
In Matthew, Jesus referred to the “junk” in the lives of the Pharisees. They wanted Jesus to believe they had dumped their “junk drawers,” but because they failed to change their ways, Jesus told them the Devil would eventually move back in.
Lord, help us dump our “junk” drawer and keep it from filling up again. Amen.