“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 (NIV)
Everybody has one.
A drawer that stores everything from too many dried out Sharpies and rusty ole nails, to directions from obsolete electronics and that ticket stub from 1991.
Oh, and crumbs from unidentified food sources.
Yes, the infamous junk drawer.
I first met mine as a kid. It seemed that no matter what I was looking for, Mama would respond with “Did you check the junk drawer?”
I was never disappointed.
Recently, I decided that mine was in need of a major declutter.
Not the one in my kitchen. The one in my heart.
Just being real.
When I googled the word “junk”, I found many definitions, with my fav being “that which is of low quality or worth. Rubbish, trash, slush, crappola” (seriously).
Those same words could be said about the contents of my personal junk drawer as well. Fear. Guilt. Worry. Regret. Anxiety. People-Pleasing.
Did I mention Fear?
Fear of letting go. Fear of letting God.
On second thought, what’s so bad about a junk drawer anyway?
Junk jams up our joy. There is something strangely comforting about our junk. And that’s the problem. It’s not really about comfort, friend. It’s about control. Control can lead to temporary joy, which is just junk in disguise. Real joy isn’t based on circumstances; it comes from deep within our souls, reminding us that we are so much more than our junk…we are His.
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3
Lingering in the past junks up the present. Aren’t you amazed at all the stuff you can cram into a junk drawer? Me too. Yet, what we accumulate can hold us hostage for way too long. An unkind word, a deep hurt, or recent rejection can be easily revisited, stealing our joy. Instead of looking back and wallowing in what-was, what if we chose to see our lives from His perspective?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Love wants our junk. God sent His son…no, He GAVE His son…so that we could live freely in His Love. You know that thing that keeps you awake, spinning around your head and within your heart? What if you surrendered it to your Heavenly Father? Not like the last time, but for the first time. Fully. Faithfully. Forever. Trust Him with it, dear one. He turns junk into joy.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Beloved, life has junk. It’s what we do with it that matters. When we declutter the junk drawer of our heart, we make room for joy. Beautiful joy. Joy that is bigger than our fears. Joy that makes us brave, smiling in the face of fear as it runs far far away…with a handful of dried out Sharpies.