Does this reality discourage you, make you want to walk away some days?
One of the reasons I believe many women shirk the duties of a full-time homemaker is that the idea of “doing the same mundane tasks” all day seems like drudgery. And it can be without the keen understanding of what is actually happening in our homes each day, and the powerful message we have the opportunity to preach “by the works of our hands”.
“…we NEED to understand the glory in the repetition; the glory that He is bringing about in us–in our families, when we gladly tend, gladly do it all over again!”
Most women are bothered by a disorderly home and lately I’m learning what an important trait this is in my life. Being bothered by it keeps me working at it. Created in His image, we, like Him, crave order. (The first task given to a human was to “tend the garden”–to keep order.) And after the Fall, the world set about decaying and losing order.
As image-bearers of our Creator, we were put here to daily restore order, on a small scale, in our small spaces, as a reflection of the One who is about restoring us, making order of the chaos through the continual renewing of His people. And if we aren’t keeping order in our small space, decay is inevitable. Is it any wonder, then, why Satan is constantly about the business of removing the “order-keeper” from the home and/or distracting us from this “less-than-exciting” work?
As managers of our homes, we are given the task, the privilege, to “tend the garden”. Weeds grow in gardens and they come back continually. Clean floors get dirty again, windows only shine for a little while and children need bathed over and over. And the physical order-keeping is only the beginning...tending the people there–the constant training of habits and character–is immensely large, causing us both to rejoice and to shudder at the job at hand.
But we NEED to understand the glory in the repetition; the glory that He is bringing about in us–in our families, when we gladly tend, gladly do it all over again!
A busy mom’s home is not pristine; it need not be nor can it be where it is lived in (“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean…”); but there must be a continual work toward order, toward restoring what is in a constant state of decay. And this constant work is the way it should be. Don’t be discouraged believing that the mundane is unimportant rather than embracing the privilege of being the one to whom it has been given to assist our God in restoring beauty, harmony and life into our homes, like He is doing in us.
And as we work about the day, we get to speak about this wonderful analogy to our children, to point to Him and to flesh out this lesson through every task.
As we work toward this order and find better ways to achieve it–the simple things like putting supper in the crock pot in the morning so that the transition to dinner time is smoother–our homes begin to reflect a sweetness that influence the people in it and the people that come by it.
It’s a “working out”, if you will, the order permeating US, and that work of restoration in the physical enables us to better glorify Him in all other realms of life.
It’s not just picking up Legos for the hundredth time…it’s Kingdom work, doing our part to make lovely and useful what would otherwise be decay and stagnant.