Maintenance Required

When you are driving along in your little car and that flashing light pops up on your dashboard, it can only mean one thing: MAINTENANCE REQUIREDMaintReqd

Some of us take the flashing light as a warning.  Note to self, we say.  We wonder how long we can go without finding out what the issue is, much less handling it.  Your mind floods with questions:

What is wrong?

What will this cost me?

Will this keep me from moving forward?

A pause should not induce panic.  We should feel blessed that we even get an alert letting us know when something needs attention!  We are trained to constantly be productive and available, so anything that prevents us from doing that is considered a problem.  Oftentimes, a pause can be a blessing!  

We need moments of renewal. In nature, God models this truth.  Perhaps you have built a lifestyle that has you running on E, but we must consider the fact that we have to tend to ourselves as well.  There is nothing on earth that moves that doesn’t need a rest.

I recall reciting the 23rd Psalm every spring at our Easter pageant in Sunday School.  When the weather turns to spring, I am reminded of to take rest in my Savior.  Give this oft repeated Psalm a review with new eyes and be reminded that caring for yourself is trusting in God.

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,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 overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

by Daina Troy


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