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Topic: Green (10/22/09)
TITLE: The "Busyness" of Life
By Ruth Ann Moore
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My feet and fingers are cold as I sit huddled under a thick blanket on the couch. I am not much warmer than when I lay beneath the thin emergency room sheet in the wee hours of the morning. Not much warmer, but not in pain. Funny how a forced day away from busyness causes one to be reflective!
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.”
I certainly feel that today, not necessarily the sweet, gentle moment we often think of when reciting Psalm 23; it’s the “maketh” part I got stuck on. I may be “made” to lay down on my green couch, and in my green living room, but even that is a stretch for application here.
I had never thought of the fact that the Good Shepherd, who cares for his sheep, MAKES them lie down. They don’t just lie down on their own accord; He takes them to a place of rest and causes them to do so. I do feel that I was made to lie down today; to put aside all the busyness and worries this life possesses and look to the Shepherd of my soul.
I suppose some sheep lie down obediently, not fussing or warring against their Protector’s instruction. I wish I was always one of those; consistently attuned to my Lord’s voice. Perhaps some are stubborn, wilfully disregarding His directions, seeking their own desires. I regret that sometimes I can be that way; rejecting God’s best in order to fulfill my own prideful ways. There may also be those sheep that run around in circles, wanting to lie down, but not taking the time to do it adequately as there are so many other things to distract them. That unfortunately is me, or should I say was me. My attention has been gained; I physically cannot run about anymore today. I can focus on my Shepherd.
I may now lie down in my “green pasture”, and spend time in communion with my God; opening His word and coming to Him in prayer. The promise there is that He will restore my soul; my needy, malnourished, overly busy soul. It is only when we stop that we can be fed. A running sheep is going to go hungry. I am so glad His ways are higher than my ways, and His thoughts than my thoughts. (Isa 55:9) I look forward to His rest and care in this forced break in the busyness of life.
Author’s note: Dictionaries are a great thing, and simple words we take for granted can be surprisingly misspelled. “Busyness” as defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary is “to make or keep busy” as opposed to “business” which refers to “one’s work”, “a special task”, or a “rightful concern”. Now, how many years did it take for me to get that straight? Hmmm…perhaps I’ll plead the fifth.
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