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    Seeking stillness after computer craziness

    After a crazy computer-down, busy and hot week, I find myself craving stillness. My computer started acting up on Monday and then went into convulsions on Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, its operating system had been declared corrupt by the Geek Squad. For the second time in little more than a year, mind you. The first time fortunately the computer and it components were covered under warranty and I didn’t have to pay.

    But this time I was told that for what it could cost to repair it, I might as well get a new one. The shelf life of a laptop these days is anywhere from 18 months to three years, a salesman said. I looked at him and shook my head. You would think with all the technological know-how out there someone could once again build a computer – both hardware and software — that could last longer than two-and-a-half years. Same thing for cell phones.

    We live in such an era of material disposal-ability. Very little is built to last long these days. You are forced almost to move on to the newest, latest computer, cell phone, music player, kitchen appliance – you name it–whether you want to or not. And to what end? I liked my old computer just fine – until it started acting up.

    Today as I was using my new computer, I kept thinking about how wonderful it is to have a faith rooted and grounded in a God who doesn’t change. Even when my internal operating system malfunctions and I find myself letting other thing interfere with my prayer life or study time, I know that I am covered by an extended warranty of grace and mercy each day. At such times, like today, I bow in gratitude and repentance, and I allow God to do the work that needs to be done inside me to renew my mind and cleanse my heart.  As I sought that place of stillness that I was craving, I was drawn to read Psalm 23.

     

    Psalm 23

    1 The LORD is my shepherd;

    I shall not want.

    2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

    He leads me beside the still waters.

    3 He restores my soul;

    He leads me in the paths of righteousness

    For His name’s sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

    I will fear no evil;

    For You are with me;

    Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

    5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

    You anoint my head with oil;

    My cup runs over.

    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

    All the days of my life;

    And I will dwell in the house of the LORD

    Forever.

    (New King James Version)

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    1 Comment

    1. I totally relate – but on a different front.

      This is how I felt about my religion changing – from Nation of Islam (ages 3-10), to the Sunna (10-19), then someone’s re-interpretation of Quran and Hadith. I reached for my grandparent’s old-time religion, their brand of Baptist Christianity which had not changed for them in my lifetime.

      This longing for stillness is why I have been worshipping in – and with – nature the past years. Of course I love the fellowship of humans, too, but the ocean baptizes my soul like nothing else, and there’s nothing like the wisdom of the trees and the power of a river. They give me stillness and consistency when all else fails.

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