We have a three car garage and can’t fit in one car. The dog crate, lawn mower, free weights and bench, power washer and woodworking area have expanded to crowd out any hope of parking my car. It’s full.
When my aunt died and the family needed to sell her house, we went into her garage and discovered one narrow path from door to freezer with boxes stacked everywhere else from floor to ceiling. It was full.
Sometimes I have a hard time setting up appointments with clients because they need to bus their children to school, carpool to baseball or soccer games, or be ready to retrieve them from ballet, piano, karate or swimming lessons. Their schedules are full.
Several years ago when a person was alone and talking out loud, they were considered crazy. Now they are merely talking on their cell and when they hang up, Pandora is their companion. Their ears are full.
I’m not saying any of these things are bad, it’s just that our lives are full to overflowing with items we don’t need, noise that keeps us from thinking and identities that are defined by how busy we are. We have so many responsibilities, so many things, so many opportunities and so many activities we don’t have room for knowing ourselves or knowing God. How do we make room to reflect or make space to even think?
I think the first step is to really want to make
room, to see the need to create quiet space.
The second step is to delete something in order to make room for retreat,
reflection and restoration. Because our
lives are so full of calendars and belongings, we have to let go of something
to reserve space for anything new. Peace
doesn’t push its way in and renewal won’t be squeezed into a time slot. Cutting back on TV, or shopping, or sleep to
create time for quiet reflection might be one solution.
I suppose the question needs to be answered, “Do I want to know my purpose, do I long for fulfillment and can I live without inner peace?” What am I willing to let go to make room?