I spent some time this week cleaning out the garage. Late last fall I had put everything in order, but over the winter some evil gnomes must have moved in and turned it into the garbage dump it had become. How in the world did it get so trashed? I don’t remember a tornado coming up my driveway.

I think there were more dead leaves in that garage than I had in the whole front yard. Seriously, a whole garbage bag full of dead leaves? There were cardboard boxes, stuff that somehow was overlooked and missed the trips to the recycle center, tools out of place, storage bins stacked precariously and I don’t know what the mice found to eat in there but… ew!

So, I emptied everything into the driveway, cleaned all of the crud out, and put everything back as neatly as possible in its proper place. I was pretty tired after all of that work, but it was a good tired. It felt pretty good doing all of that cleaning and organizing.

You know, as I was working in the garage, I thought about how sometimes I might need a little heart cleaning. Things can get a little cluttered in there sometimes, and it can get a little stale and musty. Keith Green, the Christian musician wrote, “Rushing Wind blow through this temple, blowing out the dust within.” This week I was reminded of the importance of soul-care — of taking the opportunity to give the Holy Spirit permission to do a little cleansing of the clutter of a heart, that all too readily can get stuffy and selfish.

Holy Spirit, blow through this temple and blow out the dust within. Refresh me and fill me. And in the words of King David, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Amen!

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