I’ve been thinking a lot about dressers, but from a whole new direction, a theological direction.
I have a beautiful handmade walnut dresser. Complete with tongue in groove/ dove tailed drawers. Large square knobs make it easy to open and add a great art deco feel. I have a very stubborn dresser ideology that I must share. The top drawer is of most importance. I call it the pantie drawer. In the pantie drawer you are likely to find any and everything that must be kept safe. To this day I keep my best jewelry in a divided drawer compartment tucked safely between the rows of panties, slips, bras and tights. My children know to never get into my panty drawer. The top drawer is off limits; a safe place that I call my own.
The most important is always in the top drawer.
Right turn here…
God is number one in my life. I have always ascribed to an ideology of prioritizing my God over all else. I have instructed women to put God first, then husbands then children. In fact if you ask my children they will tell you they are third place in my world. That might sound harsh, but in all actuality it has given my children all the security they ever needed. To know and grasp that God is number one, daddy is second, tells them that they do not have to be concerned about a broken family. In today’s world that goes a long way. But two days ago my practice to put God first and my ideology of the dresser collided and rocked me theologically!
I was given the privilege to sit under a DaySpring guest teacher for one hour. His teaching-the Gospel; my favorite subject. The cold hard facts that Christ took on humanity, suffered, died, buried, rose on the third day, ascended and will return!
Indisputable, irrefutable, undeniable! News, the good news, the only news that really matters!
And then he painted a word picture about God’s place in our life. He started…and my world moved!
Picture a dresser. We say God is the top drawer. But I contend that God is the dresser and everything else (drawers and all they hold) should fit into the dresser. God is not the top drawer, He is the dresser. Think on that…
Oh my, had I been lumping God in as one of many things I juggle? He is first in my life, but really He is my life. Not just first, He is everything.
Now I am not saying I have never thought of God as my all in all. I have! I do believe that. But all these years I pictured him on a list, the top of a list, but a list just the same. And I wonder what misguided thoughts I have had because of this small deviation, from true theology. The truth of the matter is just as our speaker said, He is not number one in my life, and He is my life. He is not the top drawer of a dresser, He is the dresser.
It is a subtlety, but it’s the small things that mislead, that cause us to stumble.
The question is not where is God in my life… the true question is…Is God my life or just a part of it?