Cleaning out and organizing things this time of year brings a sense of peace. "Out with the old and in with the new" rings in the new year in more ways than one. While I do love getting my home and calendar in order, the new year also offers time to ponder the spiritual.
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too. (Matthew 23:25-26 NLT)
I would be remiss to spend so much time cleaning and organizing the outward environment and neglect the inner mess. Yes, there's mess. There will always be mess as long as we live on this planet. Mess that needs tending to...cobwebs that need sweeping, windows too dirty to see out of and closets filled with secrets. Thankfully there's no mess too big for my God to clean up. Nothing hidden in the dark recesses He hasn't seen. My job is to throw open the doors and windows and invite the Master Cleaner to do His work.
So while I'm purging and organizing, I'm also inviting the Holy Spirit into my mess. Pretty sure He's got the bigger job here.