Demanding Our Attention
There's a better way.
We know this, but that path is soon lost to the day's demands.
You get busy. You are pulled to care for things.
It's the morning, and you have a full day ahead. You sit for a moment, but then the demands of life start competing for your attention.
Things need to be fixed.
The yard is looking overgrown, and weeds are lurking in the flowerbed. There are bills to pay, and the grocery store is waiting.
What are you seeking after? What is that restless drive in us?
God sees. God knows what needs to be done, and he knows what you need. He has promised He will provide.
It would be lovely to sit. You try, but guilt comes rushing in. There are things to do and problems to fix, so you head out to be productive.
Productive. Efficient. We apply those words to ourselves, but those are words for machines. You aren't a machine.
You aren't happy, even though you are busy doing things. Where is the peace?
The Lord is waiting. Cast your cares upon the Lord, and talk to Him.
He knows your rising up and sitting down - read Psalm 139; it's lovely.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3 NKJV
He has promised to finish the work He started in you - read Philippians 1:6.
God will provide - do we not believe?
You feel overwhelmed and guilty. Jesus says, "come follow me." He says you will find rest for your soul.
He invites you outside to look at flowers and birds flying high. He says, "Aren't they beautiful and free? See how God takes care of them?"
There is a better way and a path that only some people find.
The demands of life are like a highway, so we jump right on that highway. It's efficient and fast, and it promises to take us places. Sounds like the American dream: faster, bigger, better and more productive.
Let's make the most efficient route. Let's pave over the flowers of the field. Let's concrete over the streams and get where we are going. Where are we going, by the way?
Back to the small path.
Maybe today, you see a small path leading into the meadow of life. There is no grinding of machines or things to accomplish on that pathway, and it meanders up into a field. The path follows creeks and bends around trees. Flowers lean over the trail, and wildlife scurries over it. Streams with lilies and birds resting in trees line the meandering creek.
Do you hear the call? Today choose that small path, and you will find still waters and rest for your weary soul.
Jesus is waiting.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
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