There is a tipping point in life, where we can no longer keep our balance. We realize that things need to change. It is a time of cleaning out.
Perhaps it is our closets or the fridge. Perhaps the family car or our living rooms. We pull everything out, exposing it to the light. We begin the (sometimes sticky) process of holding each item and determining if it goes or stays. We wipe down surfaces, bag up trash, place donations in the back of the car. And then, there is room. Room to keep the good things, the things that fit, the things that belong.
Our hearts, too, often require a spiritual and mental cleaning out. It is a process mostly unseen by others. There will be little applause or recognition. It is invisible, uncomfortable work, work that must be handed continually back to God. This self-examination is a necessary task because, once complete, it allows room for new growth.
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! ~ 2 Corinthians 13:5
Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the Lord! ~ Lamentations 3:40
When left to our own selfish desires and tendencies, our compass proves faulty. The roots of sin begin to grow in the soil of our hearts. But when we examine (and reexamine) our hearts and minds, we submit ourselves to God. And He helps us back to His firm, sure ways.
When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies ~ Psalm 119:59