The Clutter Buildup
How do you define comfort? Do you grab a cozy blanket or a warm drink? Perhaps in the noise of Christmas, you seek comfort in the quiet. I like all those things, but it is difficult for me to reach the comfort level I desire if there is a lot of clutter. Many times, in our busy lives things go unnoticed unless we are paying close attention. There is a slow clutter buildup that can keep us from the life of comfort we desire. It is at this point we realize that to embrace comfort we need to prepare for clutter removal.
I woke up this morning to bright sunlight streaming in the window. A bit brighter perhaps than usual because of the reflection from the blanketed first snow received yesterday. As I looked outside, I felt the refreshing comfort of the clean snow. The earth spruced up and put on her best coat hiding any clutter of fallen leaves and sticks. But inside I noticed that with the light streaming across the room that a buildup of dust was evident on the table. I guess in my busy life, I hadn’t paid close attention.
I like to think of myself as a neat person, but, maybe not, especially on my desk. It starts slowly with a stray paper or note and then another is added, and before long there is a stack of notes and papers that must be sorted through and put in their proper place. At first, it doesn’t bother me, it is just after all a needed note or other paper but the buildup can reach the point that I have to stop and clear out the clutter so I can find comfort once again.
Making the Way to Comfort
That kind of buildup can happen within us as well. Slowly things that weren’t so bad at first begins to build, cluttering things up and taking the comfort out of life. Therefore, it is important to slow down and pay attention to the things that feel empty, heavy, and cluttered making life unnecessarily noisy.
As we prepare for Christmas, we need to clear away the noise and clutter of life so we can focus on the comfort that the light from heaven brings to us. For believers, we know that comfort comes only in the peace that transcends from God. But it is difficult to find the peace we need if life’s noise is in the way. This makes preparation important especially as we look to Christmas.
This is the second Sunday of Advent, where the lighting of the candle of peace takes place. It is certainly peace and comfort that we need in our world today as the daily noisy news makes clear. Is comfort even possible in all that is going on?
It is through the power of prayer, we can clean out the clutter and noise of life and focus on the light that came to earth so many years ago that now leads to our Christmas celebration of that love. When God sent His son to earth that quiet night, the world was in a noisy mess too. But with the birth of Christ comfort in the form of hope, peace, joy, and love came to earth in the tiny baby that grew up to become the ultimate comfort of peace with His offered salvation. God’s seeds of comfort took root in the world’s soil of adversity. What seemed insignificant at the time, to those, not paying attention, developed into a peace that grew beyond measure.
From Clutter to Comfort
Sometimes we forget that we can find comfort in the light of God. But no matter what is happening in our immediate life or the world, it is only through God we can find true peace. This stands true even if what we face is impossible to avoid. By cleaning out our clutter with internal reflection we can prepare ourselves, beginning with prayer.
It is through prayer that worship begins and as we pray and practice prayer, we realize the power that prayer holds along with the comforting peace it brings. Prayer not only prepares us for comfort it also prepares us to act and serve others offering mercy to the world around us. This preparation not only clears out our clutter but helps those around us as well.
Life is difficult and often not as we would like it to be. But through the power of God, we can not only clear the noise from our life but find peace even if that is only the knowledge that one day, we will reside with Him. It is in this truth that comfort, peace, and a way to move forward fills our life.
So, as we prepare for Christmas let us appreciate the comfort and encouragement found in God’s word and presence.
Comfort, comfort, my people,” says your God.
Preparing for a Life of Comfort
The voice crying in the wilderness tells us to prepare. Maybe it is time to clean out the clutter and push through the noise. Listen as well as speak, straightening our path so we can help others with theirs. God offers to co-labor with us both individually and when we help others. And the beauty of it all is that He brings comfort to us while we are in the preparation of the cleanup.
The message of comfort is clear, the penalty is paid, and we have a home. There is peace on earth, but it is only found through the comfort of God. 2 Corinthians 1:4 tells us that God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. We, too, can be a voice in the wilderness offering the comfort of God to the world that hurts in a variety of ways that move beyond prayer. We are to prepare and be ready for the one that will lead us home while helping others be ready as well.
Preparing for Christ
In the silent night, the glory of Christmas is seen as we listen carefully to the message. Comfort comes from receiving the strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our clutter and mess. This knowledge and experience give us the ability to rely upon God in our troubles and receive comfort from Him remembering that every trial we face and endure can help comfort others with similar troubles.
Author Sue Monk Kidd tells the story of visiting a monastery a few weeks before Christmas. As she passed a monk walking outside, she greeted him with, “Merry Christmas.” He responded by saying, “May Christ be born in you.” She says it took her years before she felt the impact of his words but now understands that Advent is both a time of preparation and transformation. It is ‘discovering our soul and letting Christ be born from the waiting heart.’
Won’t you challenge yourself to find the comfort of preparation during Advent and beyond? Allow your heart’s convictions of the Christ child to overwhelm your soul. Be motivated to help others find comfort in the arms of Christ as you co-labor with God. Lastly, rest in the comfort of knowing that the light of God will lead you home one day.
Love in Christ,
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.Corrie Ten Boom
What are Your Thoughts?
Are you preparing to clean the clutter from your life and rest in the comfort of God this Christmas? Share your thoughts on the impact that the comfort of God brings to your life.