Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Come Rest In Me

We all have "one of those days". Lately, for me it's not been one of those days, but a couple of "those days" strung together into "weeks".

As always, He reminds me, "Hellooooooo! You are not alone. Come rest in me." We all need to be reminded, that He is right here, with us. Just waiting for us to hand it over. To give it freely. Now if I could just remind myself to leave it there with Him and not take it back...

I was blessed by my devotion for today. I would call it a God-incidence. Hope you are blessed by it too.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:7

Steve Goodier

According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity.

Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the critical Athenian, "Now, answer the riddle, if you can. Tell us what the unstrung bow implies."

The man looked at it for several moments but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. The moralist explained, "If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will be more fit for use when you want it."

So it is with us. Our minds and bodies are like the bow. When constantly under pressures of everyday life, we can eventually break. We need to loosen up; we need time to take the pressure off and relax.

Former baseball pitcher Dutch Leonard might have put it a little differently. He once said that the secret of great pitching is not speed or the ability to throw curves. It's the "change of pace." The average batter will soon learn to hit a pitcher who continually throws the same kind of pitch. But it's hard to hit against a pitcher who changes the pace of delivery. That change of pace gives a pitcher the edge over the best of batters.

A change of pace likewise gives us an edge in life. Taking time to watch the clouds, enjoy a breeze, take a walk, read or just slow down is necessary if we are to be our best later. And a regular day of rest is as important as regular sleep. It's a way of taking the pressure off.

To be your best, make sure you change your pace. It may just be the change you need.

Sometimes the most Godly thing we can do is take the day off.
Max Lucado

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