Justin and the empty bookcase

Justin has been a part of my family for a long time.  My Dad first introduced him to me when we were packing fr a trip, although he had been present much longer.  I asked my Dad why are you bringing this extra coat?  He said it was for Justin.  When I looked at him quizzically, he laughed and said for just-in-case.  Now Justin has been a good and contributing member of the family, there is wisdom in bringing that extra set of clothes to the beach, just-in-case a wave sneaks up on you, or bringing along the diaper bag even though you are just running to the grocery store, just-in-case the baby has a blowout in the 15 minutes you are out of the house (it has happened).  I have been thankful for Justin many times, but as much as he has been a help he is also a hinderance.  As we continue to downsize our possessions and make decisions on what we will keep, I see the influence of just-in-case everywhere applied in ways that were not wise even in our bookcase.  We simply have too much of everything.  I am most thankful for this process of preparation that allows me to replace just-in with trust-in, trust in God.  Trust that he will provide what we need.  He will provide the wisdom to know what to keep, what to give away, what to sell.  He is preparing us to serve.