We had five grandchildren in the house recently for a weekend of fun, three boys and 2 girls ages 11-14. Big kids with lots of energy and ravenous appetites. There was not a cross word spoken. They were exceptionally polite to Steve and me. They slept well, played hard and ate everything I put before them. The boys and Steve headed to Auburn for a day of football, while the girls and I headed to the mall for a day of shopping. We all made it to Sunday School the next day ALMOST on time. 🙂
Now they are back home with their parents, and we’ve all added new layers to our stash of memories and to our relationships.
So, it’s time to restore order. My mind works best when there is order. And “order” is a biblical principle, after all.
1 Corinthians 14:40 – “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
1 Corinthians 14:33 – “For God is not the author of confusion (disorder), but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
Kitchen and bedrooms need the most attention, followed closely by the bathrooms, the family room, the areas around the pool, the car and truck. You get the idea. Everywhere these young folks were, there is evidence. 🙂 Steve and I are happy to work together to put things back the way we both function best — when it’s just the two of us.
“In the beginning,” according to Genesis 1, God looked out and saw that the world was shapeless, non-functional, in disarray, and He set about putting it in perfect order according to His perfect plan. Within 6 days, the heavens and earth came into being, along with the sun, moon, planets, stars, oceans, dry land, plants and animals. Then, when everything was arranged exactly as required to provide for every need, He created a man and a woman. Go back and read the first 2 chapters of Genesis and notice how amazing God’s design and order were. God merely spoke the words, and everything came to be in the exact place they would function best.
Hebrews 11:3 – “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God . . . .”
As with all analogies, this one breaks down at this point. In the case of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve sinned and brought chaos and disorder back into the world UNTIL Jesus came to give us the way to restore our relationship with God, to be forgiven for our sins and to have peace again. In the case of the visit from our teen and pre-teen grands, they might have messed up our “order” for a few days, but it is easy to put things back, and it is certainly worth the effort and energy to have had that time with them.
Anyway, I was just thinking about order and disorder this morning and wanted to share my thoughts. Is your life “in good order” today? Not only is your physical environment organized, neat, clean and attractive, but is your relationship with God in good order? Think about it.