Our apartment is currently a mess. We have lost something and in a desperate plea to find it the apartment has been turned upside down. As I go to tidy up this afternoon there is a big temptation to stuff everything into one of our many cupboards. We probably all have one of those cupboards that we stuff with all the odd junk, shut the door and pretend that it is not there.
That is probably the same in our lives. These are the places that we would not want the guests in our lives to peer into or to know. They are a source of embarrassment. The cupboard tends to begin with just a few items as time goes by, with each passing day we find something else to add into the cupboard. The cupboard is soon filled with the memories we like to cherish, the junk that is probably not needed and the things that we cannot currently face.
Life is easier sometimes when we ignore the cupboard but sooner or later the doors begin to bulge and everything we have put in there tumbles out. What is left in the cupboard has become a mystery to us and with that it is often the fear of the unknown that paralyses us from doing anything about it.
But we need to sort through our cupboards of life. Throw away the junk, face the demons lurking within and cherish the memories that mean the most to us. I am not saying this is necessarily going to be easy but facing the things we rather would ignore can allow a deep sense of healing in our lives.
For those of you who have Facebook you may have been looking at the “On This Day” app to see what you had written on Facebook that day over the years. For me this has been an interesting way to face what was hidden in my “more-public” cupboard that I was pretending not to see. Some days I am filled with great joy as I relive the great memories of my years gone by but there also times that I see status’ filled with such sorrow. Despite the sometimes rose-tinted glasses I like to wear, life has not always been easy. But this is just my “more-public” cupboard, I have a lot further to go before I can get to my “private” one.
“do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
The passage above shows that when we are struggling to face the cupboards alone, we are not in fact alone. God is with us; He will be our strength. Let us be a support for one another as we each begin to unpack the forgotten cupboards and face the sometimes difficult times for us. But let us never forget that God is with us even if we cannot find anyone else.