This photo is of the “Little Pond” (I believe) that is downstream from Campbell’s Pond at South Mountain Reservation in Essex County, NJ that I took Wednesday morning. As you can see the pond’s a little on the dry side due to lack of water. You can see the lake floor showing through with a tire (upper center of pond).
He uncovers mysteries hidden in darkness;
he brings light to the deepest gloom. Job 12:22
For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God. Psalm 7:9b (Both passages from the New Living Translation)
Do we take the time to look at what’s inside us? Have we ever paused from our “busy” schedules, our smartphones, social media, e-mails, and other trivia to spend some time in serious self-reflection? What lies beneath us? Do we really know? Or are too busy putting on a façade and running around with less important things?
We don’t take the time to do some spiritual housecleaning. I say this as many are doing (or have done) their “spring cleaning”. We never take time alone with the Divine to look at ourselves and see what junk in our hearts we’ve accumulated over time. What words, thoughts, habits, and attitudes we have lying in us? What old feelings towards or against someone we have stashed in our hearts?
Over time, we accumulate a lot of spiritual “junk” that we manage to hide. As we don’t take time to tend to ourselves-whether it’s prayer, meditation, time alone with (or without) God, or just finding a trusted confidante who we can share our real selves with; this crap builds up slowly yet surely.
Then one day, life hits us with some trial. In the above pond’s case, it was a lack of water. In our case, it could be a series of sequential “micro trials” that barrage, a death, a challenge to us personally, an illness, whatever. Then the junk we’ve accumulated will start manifesting in our lives, for we’ll become “polluted” ourselves. And like pollution, our mess will spread into our relationships, our vocations, even our spiritual life will be sullied.
Let’s take some time to clean up our mess on the inside. The above techniques can help: prayer meditation, solitude, sharing with a trusted confidante, reading Scripture, whatever you do to help clean up that mess.
That’s all for now folks. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some serious cleaning to do on myself.