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Tuesday Thoughts 1-16-18

There is always somewhere else to be, and a time we’re supposed to be there.  That may be one of the biggest understatements of the day, right?  Work calls, as does home projects, ballet lessons, workouts, meals, meetings, car repairs, church, and a nearly endless list of other things.  We are always getting ready for the next thing, while trying to engage in the now thing.  Since we’re all in the same boat here, not only are we always getting ready to move on, we are also always waiting for other people to “get-a-move-on” and come into our schedule and fulfill their roles.  There are different ways people approached it.  Some float through this route of expectation without a care about what time it is, and whether everything will get done.  I’m the guy that has a list to check off, feels late if I’m not ten minutes early, and begins expecting you to show up for your scheduled appointment ten minutes before the agreed upon time (I’m so thankful that God has largely tamed that beast, so my anxiety level is way lower now when things don’t work out).  Wherever you fit in the spectrum of behavior, when it comes to God, it is natural for us to include Him in our dilemma of time and place.  Though in my head I know Jesus is always present, I sometimes catch myself acting as if our Creator has to disengage Himself from someone else and make His way to me.  Maybe you catch yourself doing it too.  This morning, without any connection to what I was reading in the Bible, the sweet Holy Spirit planted this reminder within me, ‘“Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.’”  (Jeremiah 23:24 NLT).  There is no waiting for His attention, there should be no wondering if He hears! That is a welcome reminder (if you’re running away from Him, this is, no doubt, a distressing thought.  If that’s you, stop running!).  When that truth is coupled with the truth that He already has prepared all that I need, I can truly find rest in the midst of the chaos of schedule!  Don’t misread me here.  We are called to pray, to ask largely, with a large expectation!  But we are not called to spend our prayer time whining, pleading, begging, and wondering if He hears.  He’s right there (and here)!  Speak your heart!  Know that he hears and acts!  Now go live in peace!  When you do, something I did read this morning will be yours, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28–30 NIV84).

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