PERCEPTION: ALL in YOUR HEAD
JANUARY 23, 2016
The Glory Road Blog, A Kingdom Highway
“For as the thoughts of his heart are, so is he.”
This title came to me about two weeks ago. It kept coming and kept coming. When that happens I know the Lord is trying to get my attention and that there’s going to be a writing. As usual, I never know exactly where He’s going with it until I sit down to write. A suitable time when I could do this has evaded me for the last two weeks, because I have been embroiled in all the things that had to be done before I could get an old friend of Lenny’s and mine admitted to the Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon, Missouri.
Tuesday the 19th was the day we were to be there by 8:30 in the morning. Since the last time we went, the trip took us an hour and 15 minutes, I knew I would have to get up very early, so I set my alarm for 5:15 a.m. In my world, 5:15 only comes once a day: in the late afternoon. This was definitely a strain on my mind and body, which were already stressed with the various issues that had to be resolved before he could leave here and go there.
I’ll spare you the gory details of how I locked myself out in the cold 20 degree morning when I went out to warm up the van, as well as the frustration we experienced when I got lost after arriving in Mount Vernon. I had set the Map Quest App on my iPhone to direct my turns, and all went well until we actually got to Mount Vernon. Computers are wonderful, but when they fail, they fail. With the help of the receptionist at the Veterans Home and the compass in my iPhone, which showed me which way was south, I finally figured out how to get from where I was, to where they were.
My perception of this whole ordeal, and all the effort I had to put in to make it happen, as well as all I have had to do to close down his affairs in Neosho, was that it was a real pain in my drain, to be blunt about it. Throughout all my struggles to make this move happen, however, I heard,
Now, you’ll notice that the scripture from
I’ve been writing for years about
Our exit from California clearly included a series of events which could have had tragic overtones, a real disaster, but which in fact, turned out to be the real beginning of
I have come to appreciate Paul’s statement in
What to do about this dilemma? The same thing I do with every other problem that I can’t overcome myself.
I said to a friend recently, that I’m probably too old for “sex, drugs, and rock and roll,” the main components of sin when I was growing up. But I guess you’re never too old for the sin of worry. And yes, it is a sin because when I’m worrying, I’m really saying,
Regarding my elderly friend whom I’ve been trying to help, I was worrying and wringing my hands one day about what I needed to do for him, and the Lord said to me plainly.
My perception in the moment of crisis is usually that I have to do something and I have to get it done now or else there will be all kinds of bad stuff falling on my head. That is the perception, of course, not the reality, which means
In his meditation today, Richard Rohr wrote,
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Father we thank You that You have given us the mind of Christ, and that You walk beside us everywhere You send us. Thank You most of all that the success of everything You call us to do is on You, not on us. With every temptation, worry, fear and stressor, You have provided a way of escape. We ask You to make us light bearers and love bringers to those whom You have chosen to receive these blessings. We join our voices with all the Saints gathered around your throne, and as the voice of many waters and mighty thunderings, we say together with them, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Amen.