Kathie and I just got home from two weeks in Paraguay. Kathie went to get our mail from the mailbox and came back with her arms full of letters, bills, magazines, and junk mail. Once we sorted through everything, we tossed the big pile of junk mail in the trash.
No one else looking at our mailbox could tell that we were out of town, but our mailman knew. Every day for two weeks he opened our mailbox for a new delivery only to see the last one still sitting there.
Before he left, Jesus told the disciples that he was sending the Holy Spirit. He let them know the Holy Spirit was being sent to encourage and strengthen them. Then he said…
“He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14)
Your heart is like a mailbox. Everyday there are deliveries being made. Some of them are from God, some from people, some from your mind, and some from darkness.
Open your heart
The less you respond to spiritual deliveries, the less sensitive you become to them all. You may not notice the pile up in your heart as you let them go unanswered, but something changes within. You’ve become so overloaded that you stop noticing God’s deliveries. You can’t distinguish between the messages of love and hope from the ones of fear and discouragement.
The good news is that no matter how big the pile of messages is in your heart has gotten, God keeps delivering his mail to you. Everyday he delivers his love and hope. And the Holy Spirit will help you read his messages and reject the big pile of junk mail.