Yes, we have a secret room. My brother (a talented craftsman and builder – I have two of them the same), conspired with my husband to build Stephen’s study behind large bookshelves that span the length of our upper lounge (as in the photo).
This room has a lock behind a false book and spyholes as well.
To top it off, Stephen filled an entire shelf one day with Cadbury chocolate 200gm blocks when they were on an irresistible sale. The blocks truly looked like a shelf of books when it was
full of an assortment of favorite flavors. Needless to say, I did not have the access code to his study during this time or I may have been 10kgs heavier than I am. J No, I have the Holy Spirit’s self-control now and it is a freeing thing!
most of my story in that small room. Lining one wall are Stephen’s trophy fish photos of him with friends and family. They are the replicas of those in his waiting room at his Medical Centre which our patients love to admire.
One day when Stephen
had left the room unlocked, I sneaked in and purposefully left the window slightly ajar, prepared for my next inevitable urge to consume chocolate during one of ‘those’ times.
Sure enough, the ‘need’ came a few days later when
I was home alone and hungry. The door was locked (this is a joke on me in this family), and the only way in was over the front door roof to climb in its second story window.
It went smooth enough, and I recall the block went down smoothly too,
but this has me thinking now. Our heart is like a secret room. We store all those trophy memories inside and keep it locked to those who might steal those comforts we shelf.
Our heart can be disguised so well that others might not think we have one.
We like to spy out of it to monitor anyone’s approach. Worst of all though, are the times we leave a little window open for temptation to call to us when we are weak.
Some things should always remain locked away. Some things should never have
entered our hearts
Ezekiel 44(NIV) says:
The Priesthood Restored
44 Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. 2 The Lord said to me, “This
gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it. 3 The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the
presence of the Lord. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way.” I love this. If we liken the temple to our hearts, then we alone can sit within where the Lord has entered (through the direction of God – EAST)!
The God entrance is to remain shut to everyone else.
4 Then the man brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple. I looked and saw the glory of the Lord filling the temple of the Lord, and I fell facedown. We
will be facedown when witnessing what He is doing by filling us so no room can be for anything but His causes of loving people. It is astonishing and truly indescribable!!
5 The Lord said to me, “Son of man, look carefully,
listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you concerning all the regulations and instructions regarding the temple of the Lord. Give attention to the entrance to the temple and all the exits of the sanctuary. 6 Say to rebellious
Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Enough of your detestable practices, people of Israel! 7 In addition to all your other detestable practices, you brought foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating
my temple while you offered me food, fat and blood, and you broke my covenant. 8 Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary. 9 This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites. Again and again, I love this! It is so clear when considering our hearts. I LOVE verse five!!
So from now on, our
little secret room will be my reminder of this passage. Be careful to give attention to all entrances and exits or someone might sneak in and unlatch a window, ready for the right moment to rob us of our treasured God.
BE VERY CLEAR THAT CHOCOLATE IS
NOT ONE OF MY GODS (though sadly it has been at times. I want only one. The God. He can fill my heart to overflowing so there is no room for chocolate. - I am being a little cheeky.