At the church I grew up in there was a cute little gift that was repeatedly given in the women’s ministry that was composed solely of walnuts, rice and a glass mason jar. The walnuts and rice were inside the lidded mason jar, with a cute little note attached that had some little poem that told the story of walnuts and rice. I can’t remember the particulars (love you, mom), but it conveyed that if you tried to pour the rice into the jar first, the walnuts wouldn’t fit. Alternatively, if you put the walnuts in first, then the rice easily pours around them and everything fits in the jar. The idea was that the mason jar represented our individual lives, walnuts represented God, the rice was everything else in life.
Lately I’ve really been seeing the truth in this little handmade example of getting priorities straight. It comes to mind on mornings when I feel like there is no order to be found anywhere in my life, when I realize that I haven’t spent any time with God yet. Honestly, some days I foolishly leave it there, and keep trying to pull the chaos back all on my own. More and more, though, I’m trying to stop and walk myself over to my Bible and spend even five to ten minutes reading and talking with my Lord. This is definitely a developing aspect of my life but, happily for me, it’s becoming easier to remember to put the walnuts in my jar before the rice.