I always enjoy this time of year, thinking over the work of God in the previous year, and refocusing and prioritizing for the new year. I am so thankful that God gave us times and seasons–guideposts to help us walk through our lives with purpose.
We were finishing dinner last night, a bit late because Rob had been working at his mom’s all day, when we heard our front door open and a man’s voice call out. And then several children ran in and we knew it was our friends coming to surprise us and wish us a happy new year! We had surprised them at Thanksgiving and sent our children running in their house yelling, “Happy Thanksgiving.” It was such a blessing to visit with them. Apparently they had wanted to come on Christmas, but it hadn’t worked out. So they did it last night and it was perfect timing, because we had been feeling a bit discouraged over Rob’s mom’s situation.
After they left we celebrated the new year in style by cleaning under our refrigerator and cleaning off the coils–there we were at eleven something deep cleaning in our kitchen. Not your typical New Year’s Eve party but it felt good none-the-less! The pile of dust we swept and mopped off the floor made it look like a grey dog had been living under the fridge, shedding all its fur. No wonder our fridge hadn’t been keeping things as cold as it should!
Cleaning projects like that one remind me how important it is to take a close look at our lives and remove the things that shouldn’t be there–all the dust that distracts us from our true purpose. On the surface, it can seem like our lives our running smoothly, but in reality we are getting bogged down and are unable to function the way God intends. Time to do some deep cleaning. . .it’s the little things that really add up.
God bless you in this new year.