Happy weekend! I’m so glad you joined me here for today’s chat about inner beauty. One of the greatest joys of writing this blog is the conversation I look forward to each weekend as you gals chime in through the comment section on these inner beauty posts. Does my heart some good! Today let’s talk about the beauty of order.
I imagine we could all agree pretty quickly that our God is not a God of chaos. He is a God of order. And even when things seem to be amiss, He still has everything under control.
That’s not to say that our God is predictable or so patterned that we can guess His next step. For while He is a God of order, He is also creative beyond imagination, exquisitely fluid and not to be tamed. So let’s agree up front that order is not the same thing as monotony. Order is, in fact, beautiful.
How can the beauty of order manifest in a woman?
When I sit in the presence of a woman who has done the work and put in the time and exhibited the patience required to bring about a little order in her life, I feel calmed. I’m able to breathe a little more deeply, sit back in my chair a little further and ease into transparent conversation. This woman feels safe to me. I can open my heart a little and carefully place in her care a few of my thoughts or dreams or fears or regrets…because she will not carelessly scatter or lose them.
So keeping a little order in our lives is not just about appearances. It’s not just a matter of getting our ducks in a row so everyone will think we’ve got it all together.
When we take the time to cultivate order in our lives, we actually change the atmosphere around us.
How can you and I cultivate order in our lives?
I’m not an expert in this area. In fact, this is one of those attributes of beauty that I find extremely challenging. I’m typing this post in a cluttered office. I have laundry in baskets that I meant to have washed and folded and put away by now. Receipts litter my desk and my refrigerator needs to be cleaned out. My calendar is full of mark outs and unfinished goals.
I could use a little help here.
Today I’m heading down to the basement. It’s a little scary down there y’all. We have partially unpacked boxes piled on top of boxes from one end of our full basement to the next. I don’t even know where to begin!
But I’m going to begin. Somehow I feel like if I can get a little order established in the basement – down at the foundation – then I can begin to feel a little more organized above the surface, too.
Come to think of it, maybe that’s the ticket. Instead of sweeping the mess under the proverbial carpet and appearing to have everything in order, maybe we need to work on what is unseen first. Maybe there are deeper issues lurking inside our crammed full pantries, lying quietly in the recesses of our cluttered closet and written between the lines of our chaotic calendars.
Keep your heart with all vigilance,Proverbs 4:23
for from it flow the springs of life.”
This weekend might be a good time to bring about a little order in one of these areas of our lives:
- our finances
- the calendar
- our homes
- the office
- the car
But before we try to organize the surface area of our lives, let’s make sure we tend to our hearts. For from our hearts flow the stuff of life.
I’m going to sit before the Lord this morning and ask Him to shine His revealing light into the chambers of my heart. I’m going to bare all and give Him permission to purge whatever needs to go. Then I’m going to let Him line up my priorities, for I’ve surely gotten them out of order somewhere during the ups and downs of the week.
I don’t mind doing this because I trust Him. He is a God of order. And so I know that He can handle may mayhem. He who has begun a good work in me will bring it to completion. (Philippians 1:6)
And after I get up from my time with the God of order I’m going to head down to my basement to deal with the stuff strewn there.
Do you have thoughts you’d like to share about today’s topic? I’d love to hear from you today! I tend to take as much time off from work as I can during the weekends, so I may not reply to your comments unless you ask me a direct question. But I’d love for you to carry on this conversation in the comment section below. And you can know for certain that I read and value each and every comment. Please remember that I try to keep this space free from controversy, so let’s stay away from the topic of politics or other divisive issues.