The year 2012 lies before us, yet we don’t know what it will bring. Most of us wish for a simple, orderly life that is void of chaos, yet we often complicate it with the thousands of issues we try to manage.
One way to approach the New Year is to try to pare down the number of activities you are committed to. Begin by looking at your schedule to see what can be eliminated. Every single person in the world has only 24 hours in each day – the busiest of people, including presidents, kings, mothers, pastors, and CEO’s. How do these people determine what to do? They prioritize and delegate.
Simplify: Determine what is most important to you, and commit to doing those things. Don’t feel that just because you must say “No,” to some things that you are any less productive. The opposite is usually true. Forget the fluff and focus on the fundamentals. Narrowing our focus helps improve the quality of our lives by simplifying and creating order.
With what’s left, begin delegating: You cannot do everything, and other people may do a fine job if given the challenge. Being a martyr or perfectionist is not the answer, so allow others (your children, your spouse, your coworkers) to do the things you are able to let go, even if they can’t do them as well as you might.
God gave us a great example of order in creation. He set time in motion, which gives structure to our lives: 24-hour days and 7-day weeks. All creation reflects that order. A friend recently sent me an article about the order found in creation, some of which is included in the following section.
God’s order and timing are seen in the animal kingdom. For example: A barnyard hen lays an egg every 24 hours. The eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; those of the canary in 14 days; those of the hen in 21 days; the eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days; those of the mallard in 35 days; the eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days. Notice, these are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week! This is no accident, but an example of design.
God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant: The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily. The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!
God’s plan and design are also revealed in the plant kingdom. His arrangement of sections and segments, and the number of grains is startling. Every watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind. Every orange has an even number of segments. Every ear of corn has an even number of rows. Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number. Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains. All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, as the Lord specified that seeds would reproduce thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundredfold – all of which are even numbers.
The Lord’s order is seen in the heavenly bodies, with the planets orbiting around the sun in perfect timing. The moon controls the tides and waves of the sea, which roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather. The divine order seen in creation is just one more testimony of God’s greatness.
The great Swiss botanist Carl Linnaeus was both an avid gardener and a Lutheran pastor. Recognizing the order in God’s creation, he wrote and published Systema Naturae in 1735 , originating and developing the classification of all organisms into kingdoms, class, order, family, genus, and species. He is recognized as the Father of Taxonomy.
Linnaeus saw that God causes various types of flowers to blossom at a specified time during the day. He once said that if he had a conservatory so that he could control the kind of soil, moisture, and air temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers which were open and those which were closed.
The Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange any life entrusted to His care. He will carry out His purpose and plan for our lives so that they will be fragrant with His presence.
Our lives can be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, but only if we trust Him with our life, and our calendar. But when we try to control our own lives, they usually end up complicated and/or a failure.
The One who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them through life to a profitable end. Only the God-planned life is completely successful and fulfilled.
What an awesome and orderly God we have! Give Him your life and your year, and just see what He can do with it.
God bless you on your Journey.