Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Disorder and Grace

My children have recently developed a deep interest in creation science. One day we were listening to our Jonathan Park CD and the narrator mentioned the Second Law of Thermodynamics: things left to themselves tend toward disorder. It struck me that this is not only true in science, but also in parenting and home-keeping. No matter how clean we get the kitchen floor, tomorrow it will be dirty again. We get all the laundry washed only to find the hampers full the next day. We overcome one tough discipline issue only to be confronted by three more. And on it goes.
Today I'm trying to get our school supplies and books organized for our first day. I see entropy everywhere! While I'm shelving books in one room, the toddler is pulling things off the shelf in the other! I've spent a ridiculous amount of time staring at one particular cabinet, simply because it looks so tidy! (in contrast to the rest of the school room) Will it ever end!?
The answer is - yes! One day Jesus will return and make a New Heaven and New Earth where eternal, heavenly laws will reign and entropy will be forever forgotten! "But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness." (2 Peter 3:13)
In the meantime, God has given us grace as we are pilgrims here in the "home" of unrighteousness. The call of motherhood is a blessing! The Lord will equip us for every good work He calls us to while we are training up our children. Every dirty diaper we change, every time we clean the floor - each task we perform for the hundred thousdandth time - is an opportunity to bring glory to our Lord and joy to our families. Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."


Mary@notbefore7 said...

AMEN! I love order, but so often find myself overwhelmed by the disorder created in my life. Thank you for the encouragement!

Duane said...

Excellent what you said was very accurate. As one homeshooling family to another we thought you might like to know that there is now a Jonathan Park behind the scenes website that gives you links to more information on the shows and biographies of the actors. You can find it at

God bless you!

Kate said...

You always encourage me - always. :)

Julie@HighFive! said...

I crave order and never seem to attain it.

That was an uplifting post, thanks!