Growing up, I remember a relative who had an unusual habit of walking through our whole house. She would even open our kitchen cabinets. After she left, we would talk about how “nosy” she was. If she had been a world famous interior designer who had promised us a whole house makeover, we would have given her a guided tour. But since she was just visiting, we felt just a little violated.
About a year ago I heard a message that challenged me (us) to determine if I have a committed or surrendered Christian life. He shared the following definitions :
Generally, the public areas of a home are kept tidy. The best furnishings, happy pictures, memorials, trophies and awards are displayed in the living room. Even typing this, I realize that I am dating myself .
God IS a universal designer with an unlimited budget. God will not only peek in our cabinets, He will open sock (and panty) drawers. lol I can imagine that the thought could be unsettling but God sees all. I consider myself a “private person” but to enjoy the presence of God—chuck the privacy. God has proven to me that His character is loving, trustworthy, peaceful and full of wisdom. For me, it is not a matter of privacy but a manner of our relationship. Any object, relationship, habit, preference, prejudice, vice, obsession, fear that God touches and says “this needs to go” is not a matter of preference. It is to make room for something better!
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified__ Isaiah 61:3