I was tired of not being able to find anything in my closet and every time I shoved something else inside, the thought I needed to clean it, shouted at me. I was good at ignoring that voice, reciting in my head a list of more important things needing my focus, instead. But, that messy closet nagged at me. Whenever I would find a few minutes not already filled with another task, a little voice in the corner of my mind would echo the annoying chore was still undone.
How are our hearts like a cluttered closet? Are we ignoring the quiet voice of God telling us what we need to change in our hearts? Are we hanging on to past mistakes, sadness, un-forgiveness, unproductive worrying and even anger? Do we listen to negative self-talk, selfishness, and despair? What kind of chaos is running rampant inside?
We can clean out a disorganized closet, discard broken or un-used items, re-arrange and return things to order. But we can't change our hearts by ourselves.
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
In this prayer of David's, in the Bible, he was asking for a new heart, a clean heart, and a spirit like Christ's. He knew the only way he could gain a clean heart, was through Him. It is the same with us. We must ask God to cleanse the clutter in our heart, to renew it. He loves us and He will, but we must listen--His guiding spirit whispers.
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.