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Listen while you read: "Praise The Lord His Glories Show"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 103:1-5 – Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. (NIV)
When I was nervous or trying to complete school assignments, I chewed pencils so fervently that my parents feared that I would develop lead poisoning (even though pencil lead is made of graphite). When my young granddaughter began chewing things, I didn't think too much of it, because I had outgrown the chewing habit, and so would she. However, the habit was a worry to my daughter, who discussed it with her friend who has two children who suffer from autism, which causes them stress and difficulties in focusing. The advice that she passed on was to buy chew necklaces.
Never having heard of such a thing, I decided to check it out online. I discovered Munchables, which are sensory chew necklaces that are recognized by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists for their ability to "replace inappropriate chewing behavior (i.e. chewing on fingernails, pencils or clothing) and to provide potential regulating effects for the sensory system — reducing fidgeting and promoting attention and focus."
After checking the site reviews, we placed an order. What a success they have been! Ade no longer exhibits inappropriate chewing, which gets her into trouble, when she is concentrating or fidgeting. Instead, she happily chomps away on one of her chew necklaces. Indeed, we have observed a reduction in her fidgeting in new situations, as well as an increase in her ability to pay attention and focus when we are working together on crafts and other projects.
God has also given His people a form of Munchables, for times when we are fidgeting and have our attention and focus diverted due to unforeseen circumstances that distress, frighten, or confuse us. When such things occur, we can inappropriately choose to worry, mull, and chew over these problems, stressing our minds, bodies, and emotions to their limit, being unable to calm down and get on with our lives, trying to figure things out for ourselves. Or we can chew on God's true and trustworthy Word that assures us that He is still in control — passages that remind us that we need not worry nor be afraid, words that reassure us that we need not be distracted nor fidgeting, truths that have the power to keep us calm and empower us to come to good and right decisions. After all, He is the One who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases, who redeems our life from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion, who satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle's. He is the One in whom we can rest and trust amidst any and all of life's circumstances, for His plans are always for our good and never our woe.
So, let's choose to munch upon appropriate words of wisdom and truth today that we might all discover peace and rest in Him amidst them.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the truth and trustworthiness of Your Word that has the power to bring us life and peace amidst the circumstances of this world. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.