Cramped in a Dollhouse?

Tuesday, March 25

3-25By Dawn Squires of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea…There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. …“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

—Psalm 46:1–2, 4, 10–11

While getting a new driveway at our home, we decided to lay concrete on the floor of the garage. We disposed of the old bench and cupboards to make way for the new floor. I delighted in the new roominess.

Some weeks later our eldest daughter came to our house, “Mum, Jack has packed his old building blocks into crates. He is not ready to give them away. We don’t have room to store them in our house. Can we put it in your garage?”

I now have three large crates of blocks, one doll pram, one doll pusher, one dollhouse, and four boxes of dolls themselves. We also store a wicker clothes basket full of doll’s clothes and two garbage bags full of I-don’t-know-what. I do know that my once-spacious garage is now very cluttered.

In our spiritual journey, we clean out the clutter to allow God room, and then sometimes we allow others to fill our space with new clutter. My garage is now my permanent reminder to make space for God. God would be with us, if we would make room. God would have us be still.

Prayer for Peace
God who calls us to be still, God who calls us to know you, help us make space, time, and clarity in our lives that we may know you as our refuge. Help us in times of trouble to make peace among the nations.

Spiritual Practice: Weeding the Garden
Inner transformation can take place in the midst of daily activities and work. Try cultivating the spiritual discipline of grace and acceptance while weeding the garden. As you pull each weed, offer a short prayer. Tug. (God remove from my heart all prejudice and fear.) Tug again. (God, keep me from making unjust judgments.) As you remove the weed, continue praying. (Plant in my heart the seeds of your love.) If you don’t have a garden, try this kind of transforming prayer while engaging in repetitive activities or work today (cleaning out a garage, washing dishes, cleaning the floors, mowing the lawn).

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will clear away my life’s clutter and make space for you.

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