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Isaiah 50:10-11

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Part of my overall wellness initiative for 2013 is to take time at the beginning of each day to meditate and reflect. Iíve found that when I donít my days seem more scattered and less focused. Iím inclined to succumb to impulsive eating and some of those negative voices that only hold me back.

This morning, when I completed my meditation, I opened my Bible to Isaiah Chapter 50. Donít ask me why. I believe what I read each morning is what I am meant to read for that day, ponder the thought and integrate it into my life. Questioning why Iím reading what Iím reading just wastes valuable time. When I reached Verse 10 and 11 I kept reading it over and over:

None of you respect the Lord
or obey his servant.
You walk in the dark
instead of the light;
you donít trust the name
of the Lord your God.[a]
11 Go ahead and walk in the light
of the fires you have set.[b]

I sat back in my chair and looked around my office for a few minutes. I looked at all the ďfiresĒ Iíd light. I started to feel that instead of simply trusting, I was creating a reality and an existence based on what everyone else was doing and not me. Those words ďGo ahead and walk in the light of the fires you have setÖĒ stung me. The fire I light will eventually extinguish and Iíll be left in the dark. My own devices havenít worked in the past, why should they work now. A wise man once said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Maybe thatís what Isaiah was trying to tell me this morning. Maybe my well-built pyre and carefully distributed flames weren't as the modern parlance suggests ďgetting it.Ē

Iím no scripture scholar nor have I studied theology and the like. Iím not a preacher or even wise for that matter. God is personal to me and the more I trust Him the more comfortable I am having Him around. He guides me and then takes a step back so I can make my own choices.

For some reason I felt compelled to share this insight with you. I hope you enjoy it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SILLYHP1953 1/31/2013 9:20AM

    First of ARE wise, very wise. Not sure what your definition is to think that you are not.
Secondly, I do forget what wisdom there is in the scriptures because I rarely read the Bible. I buy all sorts of other inspirational books, and don't read them much either, truth be told. I am reading your blogs again and am finally caught up. Read and reflected on the last five pages of your blogs until I got up to date.

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AJDOVER1 1/31/2013 12:10AM

    thanks, John. You've given me something to ponder this evening....

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SLIMLEAF 1/30/2013 5:43PM

    Thanks for sharing that John. God seems to be trying to tell me something at the moment too, but I haven't figured out quite what it is yet. I broke my leg on Sunday which means no running, swimming, gym or driving for 6-8 weeks. Running, in particular, is such a big part of my life that not running is like having the rug taken from beneath my feet. So God's got my attention. I pray that both you and I hear what he's saying to us, have the courage to face up to the truth and the determination to act upon it. Fortunately, we'll have heaps of God's grace to make that possible.

God bless.

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    I have found that sometimes a scripture will find me or I will feel compelled to send a scripture to a friend. In both instances these messages will be very relevant to both of us. Things happen for a reason. We have to pray that we understand the message.

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DANCING4UJESUS 1/30/2013 2:29PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing with us. We all have things to learn about ourselves if we take the time to listen to what God is saying. It was a good word. Bless you

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ANATASHIKI 1/30/2013 1:37PM

    I'd say you already walk in that light , just you're too close to see it as well as us :D. and controlling our life or anything in our life is an illusion anyway.

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THEHAPPYSUSAN 1/30/2013 1:37PM

    Namaste, John. Thank you.

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CC3833 1/30/2013 12:46PM

    This is nice. I was just thinking about getting a Bible the other day. I don't go to church really but that doesn't mean I don't believe in God. I remember as a young teen I would sit and read a few pages from the Bible each night. (my mom loved that) I didn't read it because I was told to... I just wanted to read it. And a coworker of mine is very involved in her church she said to me that everyone needs to read the Bible for themselves because it means something different to whoever is reading it. Just like you wouldn't just go into someone else's closet and wear their clothes because they think they are cute. I do find you wise... you definitely get my mind going with your comments/status/blogs pretty much everyday. And you are now another push for me to go get one, which I will have by the end of the weekend.. Thank you :-)

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REGILIEH 1/30/2013 12:11PM

    You always have great perspectives. I appreciate you!

Part of my devotional this moring said "Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind.". I think this is or can be so true.

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SHERIO5 1/30/2013 10:50AM

    emoticon I needed to read these words today.

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SHSCHLEIN 1/30/2013 9:59AM

  Timely words, aptly spoken. Thank you!

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/30/2013 9:51AM

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HINDYPATTI 1/30/2013 9:46AM

    I'm glad He gave you those verses to share with us. Good food for thought. I have many fires that I have set.

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LOUISE6296 1/30/2013 9:39AM

  Today I choose happiness.

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DEBRITA01 1/30/2013 9:19AM

    I'm glad you shared. We often feel we need to do everything on our own...trusting can be hard. I especially liked this; " He guides me and then takes a step back so I can make my own choices". So true, everything comes down to choice...and it's ours to make. Namaste, John. emoticon

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