One More Lego

Feb 4

“Pick up! Pick up!” I always seem to be hollering.  My children’s arms are obviously painted on because they do not function properly.  They do not PICK UP!  I find myself walking behind them picking up dolls, baby bottles, G.I. Joe, pirate pieces of eight, gum wrappers, and Legos.  (Yes, I know I should let them do it, but I CAN’T STOP!) I am somewhat of a neat freak and feel the need for a clean house always.  

Nevertheless, it seems just when I think I’ve picked everything up, there is always one more Lego.  You moms out there surely know what I mean.  You spend the day cleaning, straightening, and vacuuming.  As you wind the cord around the vacuum to return it to its rightful position in the closet, you hear your Diet Coke fizzing and popping in the can.  “I’m coming,” you call to your Diet Coke when out of the corner of your eye, you spy it.  A single Lego.  It’s bright green color glaring at you, mocking your false sense of the-house-is-clean-at-last-ness.
“Noooo,” you yell diving across the floor risking life and limb for a clean abode.  
Well, it has come to my attention that the clean home I love could be compared to my heart.  The dirt and mess is the sin.  I must daily clean and straighten to keep my heart clean.  That is confess my sins and ask forgiveness.  But what about that glaring green Lego?  Sometimes, there is a sin that we leave in our hearts without asking forgiveness.  It may be one we are having a hard time letting go, or maybe it is one we weren’t aware of at all.  
I try to pray daily for the Lord to show me the sins that I didn’t know about.  Now, friends, there are plenty that I do know about, and those I offer up to the Lord for confession.  But sometimes I have made a mess without even being aware of it.  Guess what?  Even though I wasn’t aware of it, the mess still exists.  That is why I’m constantly asking the Lord to show me the mess or the “last Lego.”  I want my heart to be clean.  
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 
Psalm 51:10

So, now when I’m cleaning and see that last Lego, I say “whoops” insteand “No” and ask the Lord if He is trying to tell me something.  May all of your Legos be in the box!

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  • Janet Feb 4 at 5:47 pm

    I just took a break from ironing, washing and “picking up” to check your blog! A clean heart…that’s what I need. Unfortunatly, sometimes when I am striving for a clean house, the thoughts that run through my head/heart are anything but “clean”. One more day- I’ll do better. Thanks for the lift today.

  • My2Blessings Feb 4 at 6:02 pm

    Hey Carol,

    With 2 boys and a husband that LOVE THEIR LEGOS, I can totally identify with the “one more lego” thing. Sometimes you’re sure they’ve figured out how to multiply overnight…especially since my soon to be 6 year old got new sets for Christmas!

    Thanks for the chuckle and the encouragement as always 🙂


  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) Feb 4 at 7:57 pm

    In my house I say one more barbie shoe….

    Love, love love this post.

  • MaryLu Feb 4 at 11:17 pm

    Oooh, I hate that last one Lego! I too am a neat freak, and the Legos in my heart are linked to the perfection I crave in my home as well. But, of what use is a perfect home if the people inside are afraid to move for fear of dirtying it. I become a mad woman during our “pick up” times.
    Thanks for the gentle reminder to be more gentle.

  • Amy Wyatt Feb 5 at 12:45 am

    My last thing is always a Barbie shoe or Polly Pocket shoe too.
    Good post.

  • kmom3 Feb 5 at 1:48 am

    There is an entire colony of dust bunnies and missing toys residing under the couch I am sitting on at this moment. Oh, Father, I pray the condition of my heart isn’t as bad as what is hiding under this couch! 🙂
    Thanks for this post! I am sure every mom can relate! I know I can!
    🙂 Kimberly

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