Are you ever forced to do something you knew needed to be done? Like washing clothes so you’d have something clean to wear, or studying because of a final exam?
I’ve been thinking about cleaning out our freezer for a long time now. Sort of planning to get to it one of these days. Lately I’ve grown so sincere about this task, that I’ve even declared to whoever was nearby that, “I’m going to have to clean out the freezer, someday soon.”
I don’t know why this type of confession always makes me feel less guilty. I guess acknowledging my lack of industry and my good intentions to correct the situation somehow give me the excuse to put things off a little bit longer.
But tonight, during dinner a package arrived. A gift for my husband from a friend. It arrived in a Styrofoam cooler from Omaha Steak Company. When we opened it, every box inside was labeled, “Keep Frozen.”
Everyone around the table was smiling, at the steaks and burger and pork chops. I didn’t see any reason smile. No, I knew my time had come—all my fine excuses vanished along with my hopes of a relaxing evening.
Now—after the deed is done, I’m smiling. It feels good to complete a task that I’ve put off doing. It didn’t actually take that long and there is something nice about a clean freezer with extra space. Besides, I found a bunch of stuff I didn’t even know I had and can’t remember ever cooking. Much of it was put down the garbage disposal. There’s a thought, all that stuff I’d never use, taking up space I needed. There a lesson there somewhere. Can’t figure it out right now, I’m worn out and ready for bed.
Maybe one day I’ll grow up and just do what needs to be done without putting it off, I hope so, for Jesus said that if I am faithful in little I’ll be faithful in much. I want to be like that, don’t you?