Books. Stickers for use. Rulers. Science stuff.
I was looking at a large desk organizer, perched on my desk at home. There were twenty four slots and each was identified with a sticker label, describing the contents of each slot. The categories and labels were created by my daughter over fifteen years ago. This was once her organizer and once I acquired it, I placed my papers in each slot. However, I never changed the stickers even though it had no association with the papers I now placed in it.
I reflected upon the categories she made. I recalled a time in my life, about the same age she was when she created this, when I labeled a similar organizer. My categories were not dissimilar from hers! Decades later, I have created a similar filing system in my office. Although my categories have changed, the desire for organization is the same. The complexity of the categories and organization are a direct reflection of our lives at different stages of development.
It is instructive that the Bible gives numerous examples of efficient principles of organization. God created the universe in an orderly progression, one that is still being verified by modern scientists. The complexity of the creation speaks to the even greater complexity of the Creator. Antony of Padua, a priest from the 13th century, wrote, “If created things are so utterly lovely, how gloriously beautiful must be He who made them!”
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:7-10 (NASB)
The heavens declare the glory of God. He knows every hair on your head and on everyone who has ever lived or will live. He is the creator of organization and it is not surprising that He is the God of order and not confusion. When we stop and ponder how God’s hand was involved with every living thing, how can we not be in awe of God and bow down before Him and worship Him?
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.