I have the spiritual gift of packing. It might not be listed in the book of Corinthians – but I am sure it is a legit spiritual gift. Joking aside, moving 9 times in the last 14 years might have something to do with my ability to pack up a house. Moving across town, in 4 different states and 4 international moves – we have done it all.
Even with all of my packing experience this move still does seem a bit overwhelming. With each additional child it seems to get a bit harder…Or that is what I want to say. But honestly, for our last move I used the “rake it into a box” method and got rid of NOTHING. I am paying for that now. I distinctively remember putting a box of half used wrapping paper bits into the moving van. I knew that was nuts. A dear friend who was helping me pack even called me out on the silliness – but I stubbornly held on to bits of paper. I am not really sure why.
There is nothing like a good international move to help me simplify my life and really evaluate my treasures. Seriously do I need this many pairs of shoes? Where did all of these books come from? If it is called a junk drawer then I probably don’t need anything that is in it.
Crazy how stuff can creep in and take over areas of my heart that they have no business owning.
So I am not just packing. I am getting my heart in order. I am cleaning out what doesn’t belong so that there is room to do something meaningful. As I put my hand to the task, I have four Littles watching. We all are fitting our lives into 12 suitcases – but we are reminded that even with that amount of belongs we are better off than 90% of the world. Humbling.
Now, don’t go painting me as some holy saint. I was just eating a bag of chips with nacho dip (comfort food) as I decided what shirts to purge from my closet. I haven’t figured this whole thing out yet, but one
step box at a time I am getting there.
I really don’t want to be thought of as a person with a gift for packing. Instead I am asking Father to help me to have the spiritual discipline of living simply and trusting only in Him.