Self On The Shelf!

July 11, 2003
by Rod Marshall

Galatians 2:19-21 – For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! (NIV)

I have been busy lately — doing — so, although things have been stressful and protracted, I thought I was fine.

Then Sunday arrived as a wake-up call. My body, mind, and spirit came to a complete stop; the spirit-o-meter in my being read "empty". I had some flu virus, which laid me out totally. Even breathing was an effort, with my ribs feeling sore. I sat still for twelve hours, and watched Caroline move around me, whilst inwardly I prayed that my fever would get no worse.

It was at this point that my inner self reacquainted me with the fact that he, at least, was not crucified, and was definitely feeling limited by this lack of activity. He wanted this canister of a being to be well — now! I do not do "being ill" very well.

To my great surprise and rejoicing, on Monday, my recovery was progressive, and so rapid that I went to work in the afternoon to cover my evening session, having earlier thought I would be off most of the week.

In the stillness of the Monday morning, not yet well, but rising, I wrote a song. I began to ponder what it meant. God was tangible. Like the air after a heavy thunderstorm, the freshness of His presence permeated the room as His Spirit poured over my consciousness. For this moment, my mind was still so I could receive what I had been given, and so I wrote it down as I played it.

    So you're free to worship me, whenever you choose.
    Even when you get the blues, lean on me.

Like Peter who reached for Jesus' outstretched arms when sinking into the waves, we come to know that looking elsewhere is a bad idea.

Doing is good, but today I pose the question: "For whom are we doing it?"

Prayer: Lord, we thank You for the gift of words, through which we can touch each other, even when we are lifetimes or oceans apart. We rejoice in Your patience with us that allows our approach even when we are too embarrassed to run forward. Grant us Your understanding of what is good, pleasing, proper, and appropriate for You to reign in our lives. Amen.

About the author:

Rod Marshall <roderickmarshall@yahoo.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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