-embracing moments of personal reflection
It’s amazing what taking time to relax can do. Today was my day off, time to just relax with nothing pressing to do save to make a couple of Indian curry dishes for dinner, which wasn’t a difficulty at all, in fact, I enjoyed doing it. The rest of the day I just involved myself with minimal activities.
What such a day does is that it refreshes me; it renews my channels of inspiration. I begin to feel and imagine myself as if I were a tide channel that while it has long since rushed up onto the land at some point and has been making feverish headway and forging a path, it now ebbs back out to join the vastness of the ocean body and so finds replenishing.
I can get so used to just being constantly busy that while I don’t notice it at as it’s happening, pretty soon I get so keyed up and on edge, so to speak, that I don’t realize that I’ve become strained and that my channels of inspiration that sustain me have stopped flowing, instead I’m running on adrenalin and necessity. Indeed, to stop and actually do nothing seems so out of the norm, so out of character, that I feel as if I’m committing a sin to simply stop, relax, enjoy, and do nothing. No wonder the Lord commanded the seventh day of rest. We all need it and shouldn’t feel bad about taking it. In fact, we should feel something missing when we don’t take our rest times.
As I was praying this morning I began thinking along the lines of the following: It’s a conundrum really. I’ve never thought of it in these terms before, and that is that the average man wishes to be and pride’s himself in being a ‘whole’ man, meaning self-sufficient in all things. In fact, he views a man surrendered to God as being weak, only ‘half’ a man. But in reality, the one without God is the one who is only half a man and only becomes the whole complete man or person God intended for him to be when he is united to his Maker in whom we ‘live and move and have our being.’
A morning prayer: I pray for your empowerment today on all I need to do, say, and think.
I keep coming back to this oft realization that there is nothing great about myself; any greatness in me is of and only the Lord. I don’t say this in a self-condemning way as if the thought would consume me but realizing that without the Lord, my nature is pretty horrible.
I see others, who although I would not consider them to be great individuals, nevertheless seem to possess a sort of basic agreeable nature and I marvel. Not so with me. Without the Lord, I am and would be impossible and even with him, I’m often impossible both to myself and others. But at least the realization keeps me from ever getting a big head—I hope!
It’s so easy to approach the day, to approach life itself, with the mindset of, ‘there’s always so much to do”. Such thinking tends to overwhelm itself. Perhaps it would serve us better if we were to turn that around and exclaim, “There is always such much to be”. This second attitude sets us free to embrace what is before us and to aspire to what we are truly becoming and what is best in life, rather than being overwhelmed by it.
*George Macdonald, What’s Mine’s Mine
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