In the Midst of Chaos

“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.” (Proverbs 30:21)

One of my favourite things to do is organize. I love taking chaos and making it into an organized and usable space. My favourite place for doing this is the mismatched sock basket. In fact this morning, while I am visiting my sister’s house, I found her overflowing basket of mismatched socks and folded them! It was the best part of my day 🙂 I recognize that there are people who would not enjoy organizing chaos, and as such, I probably seem somewhat weird to some of you reading this.

I also know firsthand how much of a challenge it is keeping a house organized with three young children because their favourite thing to do is mess it up. And yes, it is a constant battle to find more effective ways to organize so it cannot quickly be undone. Therefore, the more bins the better at my house.

Because my boys are so close together, I figured their clothes would be easy to maintain because when one grows out of one size of clothes, the next boy should be growing into them. However, it didn’t work that way because my first son is tall and broad, the second is tall and thin, and my third is just this short and fat bundle of gorgeous charm. Hand me downs don’t conform as one might think these would so it requires a lot of planning to figure out what clothes will be needed when. This is where I think this verse from Proverbs applies. “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.” She isn’t concerned when the snow comes because she is organized.

Here is a prime example. Have you ever had to bundle up a bunch of kids before heading out into the winter wonderland that awaits them? I will give you a hint — snow pants, neck warmers, hats, mittens, coats, boots is the order you should go for. It is the only way that you can successfully get them all bundled without one being too warm while the last one dresses. As we can see, this woman had it covered. She wasn’t running through the shops the first snowfall looking for mittens and hats. She wasn’t bundling the kids into clothes that were too tight because they had a growth spurt over the summer. She had it COVERED! She had the days and seasons planned before these even came.

Obviously, it takes a lot of organization to do this. She would have had to wash, organize and pack away the stuff from the year before after eliminating the clothes that were not going to fit. She would have patched the rips, ran out for the end of the year bargains for next year’s gear and then put it away into sealed bins. She would have had to decide what could be handed down and what wasn’t going to work, given the sizes of her children. And she would have had to do this for each child. I know that in my house we keep two different pairs of everything for each child so it actually means she would have had to do it twice.

Again in my family, I start preparing all the clothes for the fall season in August. Tank tops, t-shirts, and shorts are sorted and put away while long sleeved, pants, and flannel pajamas are taken out. Every November, all the hats, mittens, coats, sweaters, boots, and winter gear are taken out to be washed and set out. Every March/April, the wet gear is taken out and all the winter stuff is washed and put away. Rubber boots and rain jackets cover my foyer along with the mud. Then finally, when June rolls around out comes the summer stuff again. It is not just once a year that this woman was preparing for. She would constantly be preparing for the following season all the while MAINTAINING current clothing for her children and spouse. It wouldn’t just be the seasons she would be preparing for because she would have been dealing with growth spurts as well.

In today’s world, we not only have to deal with all of the above, but we are also dealing with the latest fashions and accessories. This means added workload but again this woman had it covered.

Although I can’t say I have everything covered like the woman in Proverbs 31, I do know that good preparation makes every area of my life easier to handle. Why? Because it will allows you to use your time efficiently and to become more effective reaching our preset goals. As we read through the chapter, we saw this mom and wife do a lot of things. There is no wonder that she was organized.

If you want to become a woman who takes care of her family while serving God and becoming the best wife and mother she can, then organization has to be a key component in the earthly dimension. But what about the heavenly places where our soul yearns to be fed from the Word? This requires some organization too. But as the woman in Proverbs 31 discovered, and my own journey too, it is all worth it because He will raise us up together so that we can “sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6)

“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

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