Orderliness – I know God has a purpose and order for everything
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain wisdom.” Proverbs 90:12
One of my favorite and well worn t-shirts reads “Chaos Coordinator.” Maybe you can relate. It’s not that our life is really that chaotic...it’s just busy. So I do my best to control the chaos by utilizing online calendars and daily planners and a HUGE chalkboard in my kitchen that serves as a command center reminding me throughout the day who needs to be where and when. Chaos is exhausting, isn’t it?
I find it remarkable that we tend to crave order. Maybe it’s because it gives us control. OR maybe it’s because that’s how God created us. He is, after all, a God of order. Think about it. There was an order to Creation. And there is an order to just about everything in life.
Our language has order – not only in the way the alphabet flows, but the way in which we organize our words in sentence structure. Math has order – not only with number patterns (multiplication and square roots, for example) but the steps of a problem can’t be completed out of order because the answer will be wrong. Science has an order – there’s a systematic way of naming things in biology, and in chemistry, a way of finding out how many protons are in a nucleus by using the order of the periodic table. The list goes on and on!
CALL TO ACTION
We get a glimpse of this order in our own lives. We develop morning routines and bedtime routines, our children grow developmentally in a certain order (sit, crawl, walk, take over house, for example). The Bible encourages us to not only notice that order (for it reminds us of the brevity of our life) but to find joy in it.
One last thought...in Latin, ordo armoris. Rightly ordered affections. It is true that two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time. And sometimes, as a result of this, our priorities, whether they are familial or spiritual, maybe business or in friendships, get out of order. Maybe it’s the chaos of the day, the busyness of life or a lack of discernment in how we use our time (our days). Consider this week, what things are currently “out of order” in your life that need to be put back into the right place?