Friday, June 19, 2009

Too pooped to write

Yeah. I don't mean to complain so don't take it that way. But it seems that moving is serious work. And it's seriously hot. And I'm totally ready to have it all over with. ONE. MORE. DAY.

And I was just thinking. Crunching some numbers. Just for curiosities sake. It doesn't really matter. But I just finished living 593 days in apartments. Hey, I wasn't living in a refrigerator box under a bridge. I had the refrigerator ... not the box. I had balconies. I had flushing toilets and nice showers. Two of the apartments had absolutely killer views. There is absolutely no hardship in any of that.

And here's the deal.

About 80% of everything I own has been stored away during those 593 days. I thought all of that stuff was important. Sometimes I've missed an item or two. But over all I've realized that life has continued on quite splendidly without it all. I mean there's some nice stuff there. A leather sofa. A huge heavy wooden entertainment center. Gigantic wooden dressers that my clothes usually go in. I've been living out of tupperware for 593 days and it really hasn't hurt me at all. All of my baseball memorabilia has been in storage. And honestly, it's been okay.

Yesterday I set-up our bed and a few other items into our new house and we've been living there. Tonight is our second night in the new place. The amazing 47 inch LCD flat screen that my wonderful friends at Towerview Baptist gave us for my birthday (can you believe that? WOW. I am totally humbled by their love. And I totally do NOT deserve it.) is up and running. I haven't connect the blue ray player yet just because I haven't had time. But we've been living in a rather sparsely furnished home since yesterday. And can I tell you ... no big deal. I could, I have, done without the stuff. And it hasn't hurt me at all.

I owe God an apology. And I'll gladly make it in a public setting like the world wide web. God, I'm sorry I have placed such value on my things. Thank you for the lessons that you have taught me in 593 unique days. I don't understand all of them. Some of the greatest frustrations have come because I have wanted to make absolutely certain that I'm learning the lesson You are teaching. Please don't let me miss it. My heart realizes in a new way that there is a new home waiting for me and I'll never have to pack another box or store another item. You are the Decorator. The Designer. Please put it together any way that brings you pleasure. And in the meantime, thank you for reminding me that You, my precious Father, are enough.

If you want me to live in a tent, I will live in a tent. I just want to live close to You.


Anonymous said...

That was beautiful. May the Lord God Almighty bless us all with such insite when we are tired. Amen!

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I watched a video put out by Compassion International and Noomba (?). It was great. It was about exactly this kind of thing. It was about realizing that we need to be thankful for what we have, and realize that there are people in this world that would love to have the "old" couch we're sick of. I spent 1/2 an hour with my son (who we homeschool) having a lesson about God wanting us to be thankful for what we have. It has made us look around and realize just how good we have it. Thanks for writing this. I love when you share Lessons from God because they are always relevant to everyone, and always thought prevoking. Keep up the good work!

Unknown said...

I still think your NUTS for moving in that awful heat!

Anonymous said...

We bought a new refrigerator to put in our garage. When it was being delivered, I couldn't help but think how sad that we "need" an "extra" refrigerator when there are so many people that don't even know where their next meal comes from. God has been so good to us and yet we are no more deserving than someone less fortunate. Thank you God.

Kelly said...

Beautiful. The older I get, the more I realize the less I need.