Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Are You Too Busy?

Disease: Too busy

Rx: Peace of God

Pharmacy: Psalm 23
Possum Kingdom Lake near our home.

Oh, I know, that's just one place to fill your prescription, but I find that in the midst of crazy, it works more often than any other spot.

About this time, patients complain. That medicine does not work on this problem. If I'm tied in knots, how do I calm down enough to take my medicine? Surely, you jest.

I submit to you that I'm too busy to give up quiet time, and when my mind whirls even when I'm supposed to be sleeping, Psalm 23 works as a natural sedative. Look at the words:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  When the Lord guides me, I have need of nothing else.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. I don't know about you, but visualizing green pastures and still waters calms my soul.

My husband and I like to watch water; the ocean, a lake, a water fall, even a swimming pool. I'll bet God knew that water would soothe us, so when He built the world, He allowed for water.

A time-tested, psychologist-recommended relaxation technique:

1. Sit
2. Close you eyes.
3. Picture a calming scene. How about a green pasture or a still lake?
4. Begin with your feet. Tighten and relax the muscles in your feet.
5. Move on to your legs, hips, stomach, hands, etc., ending with your head.

 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. It's quite a relief to realize we don't have to be everything to everybody. That's God's job. Put it in His hands and let Him restore sanity and take the lead.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. I wish I could tell you that quiet time with God takes care of all your problems, but you and I know that's not true. We might walk through evil times.

Sheep rely on their shepherd to watch out for them and skirt the danger ahead.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever  Time with God is our reward as well as our solution.

In my devotion book, Divine Dining, I have three pages that cover this Psalm. If you have the book, check out the devotions on October 8, 9, 10.

Are you too busy?

Try the 23rd Psalm.

It's good medicine.

Do you have another favorite?

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