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Topic: Rest (01/17/13)
TITLE: Depend Upon The Lord
By Mildred Sheldon
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Katy slowly walked over to the sofa and fell into my waiting arms. She placed her head on my shoulder as tears trickled down her cheeks. “Momma, I’m so tired and I can’t seem to rest even when I don’t have any classes. My mind keeps going around in circles, even when I lay down to sleep.”
I held Katy close gently stroking her hair. “Katy, it sounds like you have too many irons in the fire. Have you given any thought about seeking the Lord?”
Pulling away from me, Katy furrowed her brow and stared at me. “Oh, Momma, I think I can handle this by myself. I don’t like to bother God with such silly things like getting enough sleep. God has more important things to do than helping me with something so trivial.”
“Katy Marie, I’m surprised by your attitude. God tells us to come to Him with all our needs. You were raised with the pure, sweet milk of God’s Holy Word.”
“Thanks Momma, I guess it’s true what the Bible says about associating with people who don’t believe in Jesus. If I don’t stay in the Word, their beliefs start to rub off on me. I think Proverbs 25:26 says it far better than I can. ‘Like a muddled spring, or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.’ Momma, you warned me to truly guard my heart once I started college, but I really didn’t listen. I thought I’d never fall into the ways of the world, but I guess I did.”
I reached out, pulling Katy back into my arms. “I love you Katy and I’m glad I could help. When I feel as if the world is going to swallow me up and I can’t seem to find rest for my soul, I start singing ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus.’ That hymn has such meaning to me. Joseph M. Scriven wrote that in 1885 for his mother who was going through a time of special sorrow.
I started singing and then when I reached the last verse Katy joined me in singing, “Are we weak and heavy laden. Cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge! Take it to the Lord in prayer. Do Thy friends despise, forsake Thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer. In His arms He’ll take and shield Thee; Thou wilt find a solace there.”
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