“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12)
It’s that time of year The Lord of all has blessed the living with the arrival of another spring … and it is so refreshing when it comes. All of nature participates in its arrival.
Step outside and listen to the birds singing their new songs after a winter trip and see them building their new nests. Look outside and see everything beginning to green up … flowers budding forth … Bradford Pear trees showing off their bright and beautiful blossoms.
And with the arrival of Spring comes the cleaning of the flower beds, the garage, the attic and most if not all of the rooms in our houses. We may not relish so much the work itself, but the reward of freshening up our surroundings provides us with a sense of accomplishment … and all is ‘square with the world!’
Most of us prefer orderliness, cleanness, everything-in-its-place kind of order. The absence of clutter all around us diminishes a sense of chaos … and a sense of being unsettled … a sense of not having our lives and possessions under control.
It is the same with our spiritual lives. It was King David who lamented and then gave thanks to his God for new found order when he penned, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10).
Consider this: As important and relevant to life and living as the principle of cleaning up, refreshing and improving our little world that we live and function in on a daily basis … this cleaning usually only lasts for a season or two and then it’s time to do it all over again!
When it comes to engaging in a Spiritual Spring Cleaning … well, we hopefully realize that improvements in the way we think … the way we talk … the manner of life that we live daily … these can all have eternal benefits!
When once we come to God with sincerity to lay hold on clean hearts … then comes the arduous and sometimes very difficult challenge of wading into the dirt, the grime, the cobwebs, and the indifference that have made their home in our heart
Pause and reflect on the following passages of Scripture that can surely help each of us to become more efficient in our Spiritual Spring Cleaning:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24).
“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually.” (1 Chronicles 16:11)
So much more could be said about conducting a real Spiritual Spring Cleaning of our hearts and lives … but let us end these short reminders with this thought:
The person who longs for a new start in their spiritual walk … who truly wants to be in a right relationship with God … they will be unafraid of what it might require to get there!
- Be willing to clean out all the clutter of this world that is preventing you from excelling more and more in your service to Him!
- Be willing to let go of the old habits that have come to distract you from keeping your eyes focused on the goal of Heaven!
- Be willing to repent of any and every sin that is standing between you and peace with our Lord!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, ESV)
Welcome Spring! Welcome all of your beauties! Welcome Augusta National and the Masters!
Bill Fairchild, Jr.