Friday, September 19, 2008

a relaxed mind

Night before last my wife Shirley came home from shopping and declared that she couldn't find her work keys.  She had gone from her job to the stores and had left the keys somewhere.  We combed every inch of the car.  She looked through her pockets and purse multiple times.  She called the hospital where she works and the store where she'd tried on clothes to see if the keys were there.  We had no luck locating the keys and, no matter how hard she thought, she couldn't solve the mystery.  Then an amazing thing happened.  During the night she awoke suddenly and remembered:  the keys had been left in a lab coat (she's a nurse) and left in a locker at work.  I thought it fascinating that the answer didn't come when we were working hard to find it.  The answer came when her mind was at its most relaxed state.  It reminded me of the need we have to spend part of each day in a relaxed frame of mind and listening to the Lord.  A vital aspect of our walk with Him is to simply listen.  The answers may come at those times rather than when we are focused on our issues and stressed about our life problems.
Hebrews 4: 8-11 (The Message version) And so this is still a live promise. It wasn't canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn't keep renewing the appointment for "today." The promise of "arrival" and "rest" is still there for God's people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we'll surely rest with God. So let's keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.
Rob Smith

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