Sweeping Out the Cobwebs
Thursday, March 26, 2009
As the promise of spring weather begins to tease me, I find myself noticing the cobwebs that have accumulated as the result of a forced air heating system and windows that have been closed for several months. Now, I’m not really keen on the whole notion of spring cleaning--what I’m really keen on is getting out of the house and into the sunshine--but I recognize the need to periodically clean out the cobwebs and get a fresh start.
As I’ve gone around the house with dust rag and vacuum in hand, it’s occurred to me that it’s time to “clean out the cobwebs” in my mind and my life as well. It’s all too easy to overlook what accumulates over time in the nooks and crannies, in the corners and behind the doors of my life. But the fact of the matter is that while I may not see these “cobwebs” every day, if I don’t get rid of them, they will just get bigger and bigger until others will notice even if I don’t.
These cobwebs serve no useful purpose. They are merely evidence of windows that have been closed for a long time and forced air that has pushed the dirt into the corners where it stays until it’s acknowledged.
And so I’ve been looking at my life these past few days and making a point of opening my eyes to the cobwebs that need to be cleaned away so I can have a fresh start. I began this task by looking up, and seeing that God has given me all the tools and resources I need for the job. He didn’t promise that it would be easy or a quick task, but He does assure me that He will help me.
Then I began to look around, to see the cobwebs that have settled in the door ways leading into my life. And it occurred to me that nothing and no one can come in without picking up some of those cobwebs unless I sweep them away.
Finally I looked behind--behind my motives and my desires-- for the cobwebs that have kept them less than pristine. And I determined that this was just not acceptable any longer. The cobwebs simply have to go!
And what does any of this have to do with my journey? Just this. The cobwebs are insidious remnants of a past that I am ready to leave behind on my way into the sunshine of the fresh, new, balanced life I know I deserve.