We leave for Brazil in less than a week and the house is a wreck of half-packed suitcases. In a mad decision to “get it over with” I dumped all the contents of closets and drawers out onto beds and dressers, hoping that would motivate me to liquidate each pile.
But having all our junk out in the open is just plain depressing! And it’s so overwhelming that I find I am easily distracted by projects that don’t matter. I clean out my inbox when I should be cleaning out my cupboards. When I finally get to the kitchen, I ignore the chaos of half-emptied cabinets and stop to fill a roll of pennies. I have to keep reminding myself to stay focused on the big tasks.
Yesterday the couple who will be renting our house came by to look it over. I swallowed my pride as they threaded their way through our messes. I forced myself to ignore them and to keep sorting. Dan, on the other hand, stopped everything and talked to them for over an hour. I gulped as I heard them ending their time together with prayer. In my effort to stay on task, had I ignored God’s priorities?
As we tie up loose ends before our move, my “to do” list is important. People, however, are more important and I thank the Lord for the reminder. I’ll need it as we arrive in Brasília where my temptation will be to focus on setting up house. May the Lord give me grace to center my attention on new friends and neighbors. In the long run the rest doesn’t matter.