Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24
It’s the one place. My wife Judy is a really smart person and one day she proved that so clearly. The place where we live has a two-bedroom apartment over the garage. Off and on through the years, various members of the tribe have stayed there but finally it was just sitting empty. Not only was it not earning its keep…it was costing us. It has its own utilities so every month we wrote a check. And then Judy had a great idea. She researched and found out there was a pretty new company called Airbnb. It helps owners of properties rent them out as a short-term vacation type rental. She wanted to give it a try…and she did.
On a shoestring budget and by watching several YouTube videos she turned that little apartment into a beautiful short-term rental. I told her it wouldn’t work. A couple of businessmen who attend our church told her it wouldn’t work. After all, who comes to Harrisburg…a small town in Southern Illinois. Well, we were all wrong and she was all right. Since 2016 when she opened for business, hundreds have stayed and instead of draining the check book, it now helps supplement our income. Amazing.
People, book the place for a fee and we give them full access to the property. They get the apartment, and trust me…it is very nice. They also get to enjoy our beautiful garden (another Judy thing), the hot tub, and a nice patio area. It is quite the deal if I say so myself. Like I said…Judy had a really good idea. However, there is one place, one small room that the guests don’t have access to…the owner’s closet.
You see, in the hallway of the apartment, there is a small walk-in closet that we keep locked. No matter how much they pay, they can’t go in there. They can have everything else…but not that. No, nada, period. Why? Well…there are a couple of reasons but the main one is that it is filled with owner stuff. It’s the storage closet where extra linens, cleaning supplies, mops, cleaning rags, decorations, things we don’t need and well, just things. If the guests were to see it, they definitely wouldn’t be impressed. They might even say, “How can the rest of the place look so beautiful, and this look so…boring?” And they would be right and that is why it is locked.
Every short-term rental that I have stayed in has an owner’s closet and I am sure none of them look as nice as the rental itself. It’s just the nature of the beast. But what about this? What about our lives? Do you have an owner’s closet in your life that no one, I mean no one, is welcome to open…to enter? Your spouse? Nope. Your children? Nope. Your friends? Nope. Your parents? Nope. God? Not even God. Maybe especially not God. While the truth is all of us have that secret place, we need to know it can be a dangerous thing. When we are tempted to hide things, well, let’s just say bad things can grow in the dark.
Perhaps it is time we have the courage to unlock the door and let a little light in. I know it can be difficult but as long as the door is locked, we won’t, we can’t change what’s inside. The best place to start is to invite God in. If you are one of His kids, or especially if you aren’t, He won’t be surprised because He already knows everything. In Psalm 139:23-24, a Book in the Jewish and Christian Bible, it says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Now that is just some great advice. Remember this…if bad things grow in the dark…bad things die in the light. If we will just have the courage to unlock the door, open the door, and even flip on the light switch…well, healing can begin, and help will be on the way. Why not take that giant step today? As you reach out with the key and slip it into the lock and turn the knob on the door, just know this. He is there with you, and He will help you all the way. He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne