Some folks call it Spring cleaning while others call it de-cluttering, downsizing or purging. I call it hard work. When we go through the memories of the past, or struggle over what to hang on to and what to get rid of, it should be a piece of cake, right.
“Simplify,” they say. “It’s only stuff.” or “you can’t take it with you.” Very true indeed, but to go through a lifetime of accumulated memories isn’t as easy as you’d think it should be. There are the baby books of your children, countless photographs, things from Great Grandma’s dining room, dust covered and unused things that hold some value to us – often because they hold memories rather than monetary value.
Then there are the things of actual value – the accumulated words of poetry, fiction, stories and plays written. The compilation of a lifetime of work. Things that describe who we are and what we’ve accomplished.
When Moses was leading His people out of Egypt and to the promised land, God said,
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.
Any change in life is difficult, but if we realize that God is in control of all of it, it should release us of any anxiety or fear about the future. Even when everything is a little out of focus and unsure.
Letting go of what’s behind us isn’t always easy, but how will we ever know the joys God has in store for us, unless we follow His lead. He has promised to bring us safely to our destination.