I slowly learned how to let some things go and centre on the essentials, on loving and not maintaining a perfectly clean house with all the laundry folded in dresser drawers. I learned to let go of control in my daily life which spilled over into my inner life. Surrendering to the power of the Holy Spirit within our spirits can seem like a rather esoteric activity, something to talk about, write about, and perhaps pray about but not part of our daily lives but our inner and outer lives are intricately entwined.
A funny example of letting go of control.
Fact: When eleven people wear 22 socks every day for a week it means 154 individual socks to wash and pair every week.
Fact: The only thing that could kill you as a mother of a large family is pairing socks.
Socks Need To Be Paired? Or do they?
“Black socks, they never get dirty;The longer you wear them, the blacker they get.Some times, I think I should wash themBut something keeps telling me
Oh, not yet, not yet, not yet”
I had to pair all the socks! Or Did I? That was the brilliant, out of the box sort of question I asked myself one day.
Buy lots of black socks in every size. Surely some semblance of a pair of socks would be easier to find.
That was the new plan.
None of them were the same! So although I used the toss and throw method of pairing, some mornings found us frantically searching for some appearance of a pair.
At times, I had to literally toss the newly discovered pair over the upstairs railing. One of my kids, who already had their coat and school bag on their back, would catch them in mid-air. They quickly pulled on their socks, stuffed their feet into boots or shoes and flew out the door, barely making the school bus.
People joke about washing machines eating socks. Rationally, I know that this is a silly answer to my dilemma but the more I think about it, the better I like the whimsical answer.
I could kill myself trying to control everyone’s sock habits but really, life is much, more interesting if we relax a bit and joke about our failings and foibles. God seems to like those who realize they are failures because then He can finally save them from themselves.
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