If Ye Abide in Me …
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7)
Did you ever buy one piece of furniture and end up rearranging your whole house? When we bought our house two years ago, it was practically perfect. It is an older style two storey house with a huge addition on the back. The recently added new addition created an L shaped open concept living room and kitchen. At the time of purchase, we discussed installing an island in the kitchen one day … when I no longer needed to use the dining area as my playroom.
Well, last week my husband came home with an island. It is GORGEOUS … but now the question is — where does my kitchen table go???
The good news is this. The island actually looks like it belongs in my kitchen. It has a matching backsplash that unites the granite top with my normal countertops. And it is a perfect fit!!!! The not so good news is that now … as in yesterday, I need my diningroom back.
But in order to make this new arrangement work, we needed additional cupboards in the dining room — so that we could hide the children’s toys. So today, again unexpectedly, my hubby comes home with four massive cabinets. Sigh! So, now I have to find a spot for them AND my table AND the toys AND the dresser (that holds all the craft stuff) AND … you get the drift.
Yes, more rooms will need to be rearranged. But there isn’t any other rooms. Haha … maybe it’s just time to build an addition Or, perhaps, this is a good time to reconfigure my house since we won’t be home during the summer months anyway;) But I still have no playroom
Upon reflection, I began to think that my furniture/playroom dilemma is not unlike what happens to us when God changes something in our lives. Indeed, in order to make things fit perfect, we might need to rearrange our stuff. It could be our friends — maybe there is one friend who needs to go. It could be our job — maybe it’s time to start fresh. It could be our screen time habits — maybe we need to turn them off completely!!!!!
Whatever the situation may be, if we plan to let Jesus into our hearts, we need to start with a simple change, asking for forgiveness. But in order to be successful, we need to make room for Him to work in our hearts. Seek His righteousness even though sometimes, admittedly, this rearranging is the hardest. It’s not easy to walk away from the not so great stuff in our lives. Kind of like the ice cream cone that is not on your diet but is well worth the effort when one finally can walk away!!!
But with Jesus — the King of kings leading the way through our life journey, we can be confident that we WILL be provided for … loved unconditionally … and given options that we never originally thought possible. It won’t always be easy, and sometimes what you give up will make you feel like you are dying inside BUT the reward is more then worth it!!!!! Believe me! So try it, rearrange your ‘furniture’ and let Jesus into your life. It could become that perfect fit you have always desired