Monday, July 11, 2011

Hitting The Wall

Do you ever feel like you just don't have one single bit of anything left? Has your brain become so tired of waiting for you to slow down and take a break that it finally used the auto shut-down option and has now left you for calmer pastures? I'm getting a visual that goes something like this. picture a motorcycle with one of those little side car things. You're driving - of course - and your brain is sitting in the little side car. You're going way too fast and scaring your brain to death. She keeps screaming "Slow down! Are you crazy?" and "Don't go left here...we are so lost!"  You keep driving and smiling because of course, as the driver you know exactly what you're doing...right? Now picture this nasty little turn coming up. It's a bad one and your brain has now had enough of trying to talk some sense into you. After one more try..."Please don't go around that turn - I'm warning you!"  You...can you guess? go around that turn. This time, however, your brain takes action. There's a little linch-pin holding the side car where your brain is riding to the motorcycle. Brain simply reaches out, grabs the linch-pin and pulls. She coasts happily to the soft, grassy shoulder, feels the warmth of the sun soaking in, and decides that this is the perfect place to take a little nap. Meanwhile, there you go flying around the corner - without your brain!

I feel like I've gone flying 'round that bend while my brain is resting on the side of the road. The problem is, right now, especially for the next eight days, I don't really have the option (barring some great catastrophe) of stopping for a rest. What do I do now?

I may not be able to take a physical break right now, but I will choose to make time for my soul. I will meet with the Good Shepherd who makes me lie down in green pastures, leads me beside still waters, and restores my soul.  Take a minute to read Psalm 23. Most of us know it by heart, but that can sometimes make us miss things that we should see. These are not just pretty words used at funerals and other events because they sound good. This chapter is a description of our Lord as our protector and restorer. I don't know about you, but I really need that today.

I will be thankful today that this is one part of God's nature, and that he is always faithful and true to his nature. His protection is with me today, and even in the midst of chaos and busyness he can restore my soul.

How about you? Do you need to remember the God who restores your soul? Write this verse down and carry it with you today. Read it often and meditate on it. Let the truth of it sink into your soul like the warmth of the sun and restore you.

Psalm 55:22  "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."

Don't worry, you're not righteous of your own works, but because of what Jesus did for you on the cross. It is a gift, and once God gives it to you and you accept, it's yours forever. He did not bring you to this place - whatever that place may be for you right now - to leave you. He is there with you right now, sustaining you, waiting to teach you, refine you, restore you. Let him do it. Tell him how much you need him today. Tell him how much you love him. Then listen. Your weary, exhausted heart will hear his still, small voice and will thrill to the sound of the Father saying, "I love you, too!"

Can you relate? Does your soul need to be restored? What scripture is meaningful to you at times like this? 

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