I was so excited several years ago when I heard the words "systems person" coined. Doesn't it sound so much better than "anal" or "OCD"? "Systems" just sounds ... smart! "Anal" just sounds, you know...
What's that got to do with pancakes, you may well be asking by now. Hold on! I'm getting there.
I can be a morning person as long as my systems are in place. My clothes for the next day are out and ready before my head hits the bed. We're weather watchers, so I plan out my week's wardrobe in advance. Then, of course, I color coordinate my nail polish to match. (Okay, that sounds a little OCD, even to me.)
Another personal system is prepping breakfasts and lunch for the week. (And, no, it's not because I'm Suzy Homemaker; it's because I'm lazy.) Anyway, all winter I made a big batch of oatmeal on the weekend to enjoy the next week. Trying to eat healthier means thinking and preparing for lunches, also.
I'm not the only one in the house who loves systems. It's like a contagion all of us have, even the cat! I guess that would make her a "creature of habit" instead of a "systems person", wouldn't it? Unfortunately, Maisie doesn't adjust to a change in habits as easily as I do. (That's me being a little sarcastic.)
Maisie isn't adjusting well to a change from oatmeal every day to pancakes, french toast or something else sticky, one day a week. (Small compensation for the dairy, salt and chocolate I've been cutting out of my diet.)
Anyway, Queen Maisie is perched on my lap watching her program. Then, right in between bites of syrup soaked pancakes, she decides it's time for a big stretch! There went my fork, off the plate and squarely onto her black velvet coat. Good grief!
Oh, wait! I haven't gotten to the real stupid yet. I deftly recovered my fork, also engrossed in the program, and not noticing that it had landed on my own Black Beauty, Going in for another bite, I didn't notice my fork was furry until I nearly had it in my mouth. Pretty gross, huh?
Not paying attention and/or not using the good sense God gave me, gets me in more trouble than I care to admit. It doesn't take a scholar to figure out the Isrealites seemed to have the same issues. How do you ignore a pillar of fire? Or how about those daily catered meals? How could they miss what was right in front of them? How do we?
Have you ever heard this speech in your head: "22 “Fools, how long will you love being ignorant? How long will you make fun of wisdom? How long will you hate knowledge? 23 I wanted to tell you everything I knew and give you all my knowledge, but you didn’t listen to my advice and teaching." (Proverbs 1:22-23 ERV)?
The speech in my head goes something like, "Hey, Dork! Get a grip! How long is it going to take you to figure this thing out?!" Does that sound familiar?
God's Word is full of great news for His children! One translation contains over two hundred references for "wisdom", or getting a grip. I especially like what He has to say in the book of James, "Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom." (James 1:5 ERV)
And just to make sure we know what we're asking for, God tells us exactly what wisdom from Him looks like. "But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest." (James 3:17 ERV)
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go cut up vegetables for this week's salads.