It has been a rough week, emotionally and mentally, mainly. I was drinking in a moment of peace, my Real Simple magazine splayed in front of me on the counter while I was casually popping in one too many pieces of Chex Mix in my mouth.
In this particular article, they were revamping a kitchen. One of the least expensive renovation tips they gave was simply to clean off the refrigerator (free!). They likened the bright, crisp whiteness to having another window in the room. Being that I am an emotional cleaner and organizer, I set straight to work. I recycled old magazine articles that "someday" I was going to try, expired coupons, old pictures that had become faded from the sun. Knowing that my sweet children would be highly offended if they did not have some sort of presence on the family fridge, I arranged their best words on the side. Other sentimental pictures and magnets with service provider phone numbers (which now, I think, I could just store on my iPhone), I placed on the other side.
Only one thing remained on the front -- money for my first grader's class picture that can only be returned on picture day. Being that this is still 5 days away, there is plenty of time for it to get lost in the sea of papers that once adorned the door.
And as much having a clean, organized, third "window" in my kitchen, as much as I loved the simplicity and whiteness of it all, my heart still ached. And so, I heard the Lord in the quiet moment of my heart:
If you were to clear everything off your life, what one thing would you choose to remain? What would be your focus? What would be the one important thing?
You, Lord. I want my answer to be You.