Tetris- yeah, you remember the game. Rotate and reposition the shapes until they fit. Fill an entire row and it disappears. Trying to get the shapes in the right spot and right order before they fill up the space can be downright addictive.
It can be just as addictive to play Tetris in my storage room. To take all my ‘goodies’ and make them fit into boxes and make the boxes fit on the shelves.
As I was giving a tour of my recently finished basement to a good friend (who is visiting Nebraska from her work as a missionary in the Dominican Republic), I was embarrassed about my Tetri-fied storage area. Not because it is disorganized, not even because it is dusty; no, I’m embarrassed that I have amassed so much stuff. My hyper-awareness of the stuff in my life is related to God’s working in my heart. And this message was especially poignant in the presence of a missionary who has given up a lot of her worldly possessions to go out and share the love of Jesus.
Jesus is saying to my heart lately: let go of your attachment to stuff. Let it go so that you can hold onto me all the more fully and tightly.
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” Matthew 6:19-21 The Message
Conviction is hard and uncomfortable. But it’s in the moments of giving up and giving in that God can step into my mess and make all the pieces align.
“This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.” John 6:39-40 The Message
Lord, I want you to help me remove the stuff both in my storage area and in my heart that gets in the way of being fully committed and devoted to you. Help me to be a good care-taker of the earthly blessings you have bestowed on me & allow me to bless those who are in need. But most importantly allow me to be a good steward of the knowledge of salvation, a gift in Jesus alone. Amen.
Your sister who’s trying to let Jesus put the pieces of her Tetris life in order: Stacey
PS- here’s the link to a fellow blogging-mama and I want to share- God uses her to inspire me. In this post, she encourages us to view our ‘stuff’ through different eyes. Thanks for writing, Kristen!