Monday, November 8, 2010

Hope and Clutter

I have a pair of earrings that I love.  They were  not expensive, but they are a good "everyday" pair that can also be dressy.  I bought them at Mockingbird probably the first year we were opened and wore them all the time.  I lost one about a year ago, and was so upset about it.  I have never thrown the other one away, always hoping I would find it's mate.  I don't buy jewelry and accessories often. I wish I were better at that, because sometimes I can't finish off an outfit by not having the perfect necklace or cute chandelier earrings.  I envy others who do it so effortlessly.  Every now and then I will buy something and be so excited about it just to fail at making it work.  Sally and I like to call ourselves "challenged" in the wardrobe department.  That is the reason I always go back to the basics: my wedding ring and the band Mabry gave me when Sophie was born, a ring that my parents gave me on my 18th birthday, a necklace Mabry gave me when Maddie was born, and up until a year a great pair of earrings.  There were so many days I so wished I had the match to that earring.

The other day, I got fed up with a "junk" drawer in the kitchen.  The famous everything drawer that is in the kitchen and holds the phonebook, receipts, coupons, gift certificates, sticky notes, pens, etc.  Well, I have somehow gotten three everything drawers and something had to go.  Here are a few things I found in that one drawer: 7 Cds, 2 DVDs, Maddie's hospital bracelet from when she was born (hello baby book, where are you?), 2 extra house keys, my spare car key, coupons that expired in 2009, 2 bank bags from KTB filled with deposit slips (surely I will need them one day!), 4 manuals to various products (a Fisher Price sink I bought Sophie 2 summers ago, my video camera, my bike that Mabry gave me for mothers day, a cell phone I don't even have anymore) and a pile of receipts dating back to 2008.  Do you get the idea?  There was so much clutter and junk in that drawer, and that is why I kept getting frustrated every time I would try to close it, or heaven forbid try and put the phonebook back in there without tearing off the front cover, because I had to jam it in there so hard.

I was almost to the back of the drawer when I saw it.  It made me yell out loud.  The match to my favorite pair of earrings!  I could not believe it.  I went straight back to my bathroom to reunite the earrings, and I have worn them everyday since.

The next day, I was praying about something, and the Holy Spirit revealed something so clear to me.  I have things that I bring to Him on a daily basis that I believe in faith I will see happen.  I hang on with the hope He has given us.  I wait with an expectancy on the day, and I know He will get all the glory.  He wants to give me the desires of my heart, and is ready and willing to do it.  I have filled parts of my heart with so much clutter and junk that I can't even see what He has waiting for me.  When I am ready to purge whatever it is that clutters my heart and mind, He has more than I have ever hoped for waiting on me. 

20-21God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
Ephesians 3:20-21 (The Message)

1 comment:

Roxanne said...

This is perhaps the weirdest connection I've come across in "blog land"...I read Amanda's blog, saw your comment about having a child with CF, then noticed you live in GA. I scrolled thru a few posts, and thought...Hahira? the LaHoods? took dance when she was younger? And then I saw your picture and I said to my husband (who has CF!) "NO WAY! IT'S BECKY LaHOOD!"
I have no idea if you remember me from The Ballet School...but I'd
love if you'd check out my blog.
And hopefully some husband and his brother both have CF and are healthy 32 and (almost)33 year olds!