I should have known better.
I should have known not to serve spaghetti right after a bath.
I should have known that one child would create "spaghetti jewelry" while the other would design a "spaghetti catapult."
I should have known that the law of entropy is always at work, especially in a home with children.
And I should have been okay with it.
I first learned about this law in my High School AP Chemistry class. Science calls it entropy. The Bible calls it The Fall. Both describe the same thing-- everything is moving from order to disorder, and my home is full of evidence. So much evidence of "entropy," -- order to disorder -- that sometimes, I question why I do things in the first place.
There are days when I want the world to freeze just so I can enjoy my work for a few minutes before life takes over and it is undone. And there are days when I struggle with anger towards my children, because how dare they create a mess where I long to create beauty?
Nothing stays clean forever. No child remains fed forever. No job is once-and-done.
I live in a world where I battle both entropy, and the decaying effects of sin. It's a physical battle of my work coming "undone," but it's also a battle in my mind -- if this is just going to get dirty again, if she's just going to vomit it again, if my hard work doesn't last for more than a few minutes -- is it really worth it?
And in the midst of the chaos and new messes, I know the answer. YES, it is worth it. YES, persevere.
Because it's new dirt.
And it's a new meal.
And it's a different mess.
And it's a different day.
And every time I scrub the same pan, wipe the same floor, clean the same toilet, bathe the same child...every time I restore order to disorder, fully knowing that it will not last for long, I am choosing to value redemption. Each time, my battle cry is this: sin will not reign in this home.
When I do the same things over and over each day -- bathe, feed, clean, teach, train -- I affirm that God is redeeming all things. I am declaring to the world that the Gospel will win and the King will reign -- and so I will continue to make all things new in my home.