In the wee hours this morning, as severe storms thundered across the Dallas/Fort Worth area, my sister’s family awoke to the sounds of sirens blaring the dire warning of a tornado in their area. Lynette, Derek, the kids, and the dogs all made a mad dash to their tornado shelter.
Thankfully, the threat was soon over. As she recounted their frightful encounter, I thought of our own tornado shelter and wondered if we could even get in it should the need arise.
You see, in the years since we had it built, we haven’t had to use it for its intended purpose. So, it has slowly but surely become more of a closet for our clutter than a safe haven.
What would happen if the warnings blared in the night and we had to run for cover? Would the clutter hamper our efforts? I bet it would.
And that got me thinking how extraneous clutter in our schedules—especially at this time of year—can fill up and crowd out our true shelter, our relationship with the Lord!
As preparations for the holiday season swing into high gear, the gift-buying, party-planning, guest-hosting swirl of activity can easily crowd out our time with Christ. I know I’ve succumbed to that trap in the past.
So the conversation with my sister was a great wake-up call for me. It’s time to clear the clutter in our house and in my schedule so I can shelter in the strong and safe presence of Christ.
If you’re participating in the Scripture Memory Team with me, we are on Verse #22. I chose Proverbs 18:10 (from the NASB translation) as a way to remind me to where my security and focus need to remain.
I’ve made 3 x 5 Chalkboard Memory Verse Cards you can download and print out. There is one for each of the twenty-two verses we’ve covered so far this year, plus a cute cover featuring Psalm 119:11. I put mine in a little index card spiral but you might like to display yours in different places around your house or car.
If you’d like me to instantly email you the sheets with the Scripture verse cards, just click the image or button below!
How about you? Do you ever feel like your schedule gets cluttered and it hampers your ability to feel God’s presence? You can leave a comment by clicking here.