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Topic: Rattled( 05/09/13)
In My House There Are Many Rooms, but No Space or Time
By Wilma Schlegel
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Oh, I know what it is. When I walk toward it, it sounds off, ďRata-tata-tata-tatalllll.Ē When I sit down it changes its tune, ďRata-rata-rata-rattalll.Ē
I put my hand out to steady it and stop - that - Sound!
Itís actually a beautiful piece - an etched and gilded glass server on a tall, slender stand. The problem is that the fragile stand was accidently broken on the trip home and now itís held ill-fittingly in a make-shift substitute.
The server waits for that magical day when my creative juices are going to increase exponentially. On that same day thereís going to be a second miracle. Iím going to find myself with lots of uninterrupted time. What a day that will be!
Honestly - thatís what Iím holding out for. So the server sits, the dome lid rattling on its base atop the ugly, temporary stand; rattling with every movement around it because it has no firm foundation. That reminds me of something else - hold that thought.
My beautiful server is but one of - I donít even remember how many projects Iíve got lined up. Yes, yes, apparently I do expect some amazing day in the future when all time will be given to me!
I also know that Iím going to immensely enjoy doing my projects, so I save them until my work is done.
When will my work be done? Housework...? Oh my! Well, I donít mind housework, but thereís so much of it - and by the time Iím done one room, the others have fallen into ruin. Even worse - sometimes things donít look any better after theyíve been cleaned. Itís so defeating! Also, I donít ever want it to be said that I put housework before family membersí needs.
Aghhh! Are my brains rattling? This is such a vicious cycle, and...hereís that other thought I asked you to hold. My server needs a firm foundation, just like me...we...all of us. Itís kind of symbolic that way. Jesus didnít throw me away before I found Him (He found me). I want to be a good steward, I donít want to throw something away that I could save, that would be wasteful - wouldnít it?
Have I ever used that server?
Do I have other servers?
And - it is just a Ďthingí after all.
Can Jesus use me while Iím all tied up with the things I need to do?
Well, my mind is always on how busy I am and I would never have people over to my house while itís a mess.
Which it always is...
Because of things that rattle and are taking up space ...
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