My phone got soaked. I was filling in at football training and there was a downpour. When the game ended, my phone was ended as well. I’m using a knock-off Nokia from China right now. I can tell it isn’t quite right; the way the back doesn’t snap in when I inserted my SIM was one hint. More obvious is the double images on the screen. It will work, but it isn’t what it should be.
I feel that way. The series of shifts over the last stretch of time (I’m not sure when it started but I’m afraid it is not over) have been modifications on top of modifications such that it is difficult to feel very solid and assured. There are too many double images; too many pieces that don’t ‘click’.
So what should I do? Stop and find good. So I do. I look up and see a leaf and choose to notice the way it stretches out with veins delivering goodness to the tips of the plant and bringing goodness back. It is a system of goodness. How and why? I believe that lesser things came from greater, not greater from lesser. Life, order, goodness is a lesser display of the ultimate goodness. The personal Being who gives existence to all else. It is something I say and think so often that it could just roll of my fingertips, but that does not help me. I need help. I need the core of me to take in goodness from what is out beyond me and intentionally acknowledge it. I cannot borrow copies of things thought or spoken previously. I need to choose to observe and process today. I do, and it gives me rest in goodness.
1Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it…
4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.”…
9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
God created and rested. Creation reminds me of him and his completion. I must not allow my heart to harden. I must use what I can to remember him and his promises. When I do, I can faithfully enter into the rest I need.
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