Every time I sort my husband’s socks and put them away, I ‘LOL’….yep! Laugh out loud!
Okay, so there’s not much that is inherently funny about sorting socks. But here’s the picture.
In an effort to help my hard working husband stay organized and look spiffy, I have always sorted his paired socks by color into those little drawer divider thingies…. done it for years, even before Marie Kondo became my guru; black, brown, navy, and a section I call his ‘fun’ socks, because they have some kind of print going on. So one day he is looking in his drawer and says, “I can’t find a pair of navy socks.” I stand beside him at his dresser and show him the section that holds his navy colored socks and say, ‘See, they are right here in the ‘navy’ section, between your blacks and your browns.” He looks at me with surprise and says, ‘What?” You sort my socks by color?” An important note here….he is not color blind. “Yes, Sweetheart! I have always sorted your socks by color into their different little sock bins.” More surprise registered!
Now, my husband is, hands down, the smartest man I have every known. And here’s the shocking part….we do not think alike. (Again, I make myself laugh!) So what I failed to communicate to him was my system and how it could enhance his daily life. How to fix this? Being a problem solver, I got out my trusty label maker and labeled the front of each sock section, and now, when he opens his drawer, it is abundantly clear that he has socks; black, brown, navy, and fun.
Each time I sort his socks, I remember that ‘eureka’ moment when I realized the value of communicating with him. Yes, he’s smart, but he isn’t psychic!
I am so grateful that our Great God has very clearly communicated His love, His provision, and His order for my life. I just need to look at the labels, or the signs, that He provides for me in scripture, the wonderful people He places in my path, and His works all around me. Watch for it. The God of the universe has direction for you and me!
Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 12:28