Nest: A number of animals of the same species and their young occupying a common habitat. (in this case human species)
Nesting: The act of bringing order to your home; making it a safe shelter for rest, nourishment, and inspiration; finding every possible way to make it warm and cozy*.
Chaos: Disorder, disarray, confusion, bedlam. Behavior so unpredictable as to appear random, owning to great sensitivity to small changes in environment.
Lovely: Exquisitely beautiful. Attractive in a graceful way. Very pleasing and charming.
Peaceful: Undisturbed by strife, turmoil, or disagreement; tranquil.
Many of us love to nest! To work to bring order and peace to our surroundings and circumstance is a
natural human desire and is as elusive to me as a squirrel trying to climb a Vaselined pole of a birdfeeder. (That’s another story)
Show me someone who loves utter chaos and I’ll show you a crazy person. Show me a person living in chaos and I’ll show you me, but whatever you do, don’t call me crazy. I prefer “challenged”.
Living in a tri-generational household certainly adds drama and complexity to the nest. With my parents, high school and college-aged kids all home for the summer, organizational systems are mandatory. For example, to stay on schedule I have my trusty cell phone alarm for which I have developed a love/hate relationship. Every time I sit down to work or accomplish anything personal, that alarm seems to go off. Time to… bring breakfast to mom and dad; take dad to lunch at this club; make mom lunch; take dad to the doctor; take mom for her hair appointment; pick up Jack at the Metro; bring mom her glass of wine; tell mom she can’t have another glass of wine (Thus earning the title of “Bossy”. Mom says… “I have two daughters, one who is bossy, one who is not.); bring dinner to my mom and dad… Phew! (Sideways glancing, sweating emoji*)
As we embark intoweek one of home renovations, I know life will become even more chaotic and I will need some serious ammunition to find order and peace in our nest. I need to remind myself that in order to find the truly lovely and peaceful, one must be able to maneuver through the chaos and all that comes with it. It gets messy before it becomes lovely.
So, yeah, things are nutty here most of the time. The obstacles I face while working to keep our home thoroughly nested could steal my perspective. So being aware of this little nugget, I am profoundly grateful to be grounded in the biblical knowledge that I am never alone. With God on my side, who could be against me?
The enemy, that’s who. There is an enemy in the spiritual realm that loves chaos and wants us to be continually distracted by his disorder and keep our focus from what is really important in life. The enemy says, “Oh, it’s only family, they will love you no matter what. Go on and be constantly distracted from them. You have so much to do! All this chaos is perfectly ok.” But really, it’s not ok!
We need to take care of and tend to our spiritual well-being so we can be strong against the enemy and be there for others.
Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Our relationship with God needs nurturing and nesting but often gets put on the back burner. Move it to the front!
Be prepared my fellow nesters. Chaos is an unending race to nowhere and will gobble you up. Defend your nest! Start with yourself and extend to three generations! God will show you “the lovely” in His word and in your life. Isn’t that what we are all truly long for? Order, love, peace, and the lovely. Don’t be caught off-guard. Start your day in prayer. Before your feet hit the ground, ask for God’s direction, not yours.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:14-18
“God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.” P.D. James
*(1) Definition of nesting, courtesy of CMM. (2) Sideways glancing, sweating emoji…my creation