Sunday, August 06, 2006

My tupperware cabinet

First of all, what is the appropriate name for Tupperware containers? Plastic food storage boxes? I dunno. But I was thinking tonight about how my tupperware cabinet sometimes feels like my life.

In my tupperware cabinet, I have a few leftover real tupperware that we got as wedding gifts. Mostly it's full of old food containers like sour cream bins. I've also got some pots in there, some plastic mixing bowls, two strainers, a steamer, a few plastic pitchers, a bundt pan, and some large plastic cups and bottles. It's the biggest cabinet in my kitchen so that's where all the junk goes.

What I find so funny is just how disorganized it is. I literally throw items in there and shut the door just fast enough to prevent something from falling over on the floor. The girls like to get into it and I often find the old food containers (my current "tupperware") around the house. It's really a total junk mess, as my mom would put it.

A few times a year I organize it only to find it back in shambles a few days later. It's not unlike many other things in my house, the pantry, the closets, the junk drawer. But somehow this cabinet might just be the worst of them, one that almost has no hope of recovery because of the diversity of items it holds. I mean how can you stack a bundt pan, a sour cream container, and a stainless steel sauce pan and expect them to stand?

This feels like my life right now. I'm trying to balance my spiritual life with my housekeeping flaws, my fears with my hopes and dreams, and my jellybeans with my caesar salad. Then I just slam the door shut and hope that one of those things doesn't fall by the wayside! And it doesn't through the grace of God.

I think my life will always be a broken mess of Megablocks and phone bills, of Saint icons and restaurant kid cups, of dog food and homeschooling books. Nothing seems to fit together quite right. But somehow Christ is able to make a useable tupperware cabinet with me...all my faults and failings, my weaknesses and fears. I try to tidy things up but it doesn't keep for long. Nevertheless, he knows that the steamer still works okay even though it has a broken leg. He also knows that a little bit of broccoli always gets stuck in the holes. I kind of like that steamer with its broken leg and bits of broccoli, just like my Heavenly Father loves me with all my quirks and all my failings...in fact, that's what's appealing about me. I just wish I had a brand new steamer sometimes.

3 comments:

R said...

Ah! How alike we are. I love how you write! I was just thinking in church this morning, "I need to organize the tupperware cabinet!"

Matthew 6:25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

I worry all day, all day long...and then I realize how THIS is my opportunity to trust!!!!!!

Lillian said...

What a beautiful reflection! I can't really offer any words of wisdom since I have the same "cabinet" problem. The only thing that seems to work for me is to simplify! Both in how many "containers" you save and in how much you try to juggle in life. Its okay to throw away a container every once in a while. Another opportunity, I mean sour cream container, will alway come along!! ;-)

Blair said...

Thanks, R and Lillian. I'm really trying to grow in faith and trust right now, and especially trying to organize my life/cabinet a little more! This summer should be a good time since I have hardly any commitments, but that's what's making it harder...I thrive on activities! But I know I need to slow down, enjoy the simple things, and try to be a better wife and mommy each day :)
"Pray, Hope, Don't Worry" (wasn't that Padre Pio?)

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