The Flood Taught me a Lesson
Flood surprised us yesterday. Yes, it has been 7 years already the last time we experienced to get flooded. In our shock, we saved our things as much as we can. Some were safe and dry, some got wet, some were destroyed. But that is how it is. Leave that.
What struck me was when I realized how messy and disorganized our home was, after all our things was removed. Those dirty unseen corners, under the tables litters, piled up dust and hair strands, papers, unused bags, books, clothes. Those things, we didnt realized were kept for a long time. “How come we have kept these unnecessaries in our home?”, I asked. No wonder why it feels narrow and choking sometimes being at home.
Same in our lives, we don’t realize that we are keeping so much things in our soul: unnecessary emotions, toxic thoughts, lies that destroy us, false hopes that down us, pressures that choke us, standards and principles that depart us from truth. — only to realize that they do nothing but to gradually destroy us by blinding us, steal our joy and then kill us subtlety.
I’m thankful somehow that we got flooded because we had the chance to clean up, remove the mess and give away things that we don’t need. It feels fresh. This is how we should do regularly: heart check up. For the purpose of refreshing, curing, cleansing, or even regenerating. It may cost us to let go of things we used to hold on to so dearly, endurance and diligence to clean up, wisdom and discernment to choose and pick up what to keep and give up.
It takes time, too. Be patient. The goal is not to do it the fastest but to do it the best. And to do it best is to have it checked and cleansed by the One who made our hearts, our souls, and our being — the God, our Creator; to have it diagnosed and prescribed using His manual — His Word, the only Truth.
Come to Him today, and be at rest and be refreshed.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” -Matthew 11:28–29