There truly is a method to my madness. It may look like a mess, but it’s organized chaos. Actually, life is organized chaos! Anyway, I’ve gotten many odd looks when I ask for something or want certain things done a certain way or put things together in a certain order. I just say, “there is a method to my madness.” And if you’re patient enough you’ll will see the end result was worth the wait, and the madness. 🙂
In order to clean up a mess, you have to make a mess! Several weeks ago I decided to clean out the “linen” closet. (It became a catch all.) I had stuff spread out everywhere; in the bathroom, kitchen counter, table, floor. Then I walked around looking to see what I didn’t need, what was trash, and what we needed to hang on to. So, I made my piles for trash and give away. Then, I had left what needed to fit back in the closet. As I reorganized and put items up, I ended up with left over space. HA! Mission accomplished!
Then, I headed to another closet. My son said, “Really, Mom, you must be bored!” Not gonna lie, I like organizing and putting giving things a home. 🙂
Life is full of “cleaning out and reorganizing.” To accomplish that is a process. To go willy nilly into it will create more of a mess. So, you work on your process. Low and behold, interruptions happen. Always. Plan on them. Never fails. Interruptions happen. Your process is paused, but not destroyed. Don’t give up.
I have been sanding and re-staining a headboard over the last several weeks. The sanding has been a longer “process” than I expected. Unlike reorganizing closets, which I have done several times over the years, this is my first sanding, re-staining, restoring furniture. I asked a handful of people about the process. I watched a couple of Youtube videos. I came up with a couple of steps at a time, then built on each one after one was completed. I was pretty much making it up as I went. So, my confidence level wasn’t that great. I was getting close to finishing up the sanding portion and start preparing the headboard to apply the new stain. A friend stopped by and interrupted my process!! How dare he! Haha. What he shared and how he helped was helpful and appreciated. The interruption forced me to take a step back and evaluate where I was and ask myself if I was truly ready to stain. I wasn’t. I needed to sand a little more. (It’s a good arm workout!) Anyway, I took some extra time sanding then jumped back into where I was in my original process.
My process did include asking for help along the way. I did make several phone calls and exchanged pictures. I was reminded not to panic. It will all be okay.
Our daily life with Christ is much of the same. It’s an ongoing process that includes uninterrupted steps, interrupted steps to force us to take a step back and reevaluate, wisdom from our Heavenly Father and wisdom from those He places in our lives. No ones process looks that same.
One of the many things I have learned is that I can’t do it alone. This is not a one man show. While at times it feels lonely, I’m not alone.
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. but someone who falls alone is in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 5: 9, 10, 12
This reminds me of the Three Musketeers. “All for one and one for all.” The Three Musketeers stand back to back and shoulder to shoulder to fight off their enemies. We all live for The One and The One is for all of us.
As followers of Christ we are each others “Three Musketeer.” If there is only one, may you know the power and presence of the Lord is standing back to back with you. If there are two, may the two of you stand shoulder to shoulder with one another and with Christ. May Christ be the cord that binds us together to strengthen and encourage one another in His power, love and strength.
Whatever process you have to work through situations, may you be standing back to back with Christ and shoulder to shoulder with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. You will not be overcome. You are already victorious.
Thank you for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.