2020-05-22 Slow Down, Young Man!

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?”
Psalm 40:28a

It’s a dreary day morning, and I’m tired. That’s natural and to be expected from time to time. In fact, it’s also good. Today is a day the Lord has made just as if it there were bright blue skies. However, the reasons for joy are easier to see some days than others. That gives me opportunity to actively seek God’s fingerprints on my day!

This passage comes to mind:

Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

And how does God renew our strength? I don’t know, but he does. I know I when meet him, he changes me. The bible and prayer are my first choices. Hymns and songs of praise are good, too. When I slow down to do these, things change. Why should I be surprised at that?

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

This reminds me of another passage.

Psalm 91:14-15 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.

Dreary days are good for the soul. We naturally slow down. Rest is a gift from God. When you think about it, our exhaustion has a lot to do with chasing after things we THINK we need but really don’t. God provides ways out of that mess. One is Sabbath rest, something I highly encourage you to take advantage of. Another is an occasional dreary day. When you think about it, we need a day here and there to slow us down – for our own good!

See, Father? It doesn’t take much digging around to find your fingerprints on my day. Thank you! Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Powers

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