I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
…The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
What a thing to rest in at the end of the day, full of cares and worries, that the great Shepherd of his people does not sleep when we close our eyes. He stays awake, sustaining the foundation of the world and all that lies therein, working out everything we have struggled for too long to control.
By recognizing and worshipping him as the God who keeps our going out and our coming in, our waking and sleeping, we can go to sleep, giving up the stress of trying to work things out in our own strength. We cease our fruitless, anxious toil, and fall limp as in a hammock to the one who puts all things together in careful, loving timing.
We are safe with him.
Our hearts come to peace.
And it lasts.
(From a recent trip to Louisville, KY, with my sister and brother-in-law)
"You say the materialist universe is ‘ugly’. I wonder how you discovered that! If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it you don’t feel at home there? Do fish complain of the sea for being wet? Or if they did, would the fact itself not strongly suggest that they had not always been, or would not always be, purely aquatic creatures? Notice how we are perpetually surprised at Time. (‘How time flies! Fancy John being grown-up & married! I can hardly believe it!’) In heaven’s name, why? Unless, indeed, there is something in us which is not temporal.”
"…do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God with your body." (1 cor. 6:19-20)
Actually a great argument to use when you’re tempted to not brush your teeth before bed.
Seriously, though. The Lord owns my body. And he cares about it. He bought me in mercy, and so I owe it to him to steward this earthsuit well.
…Time to start eating better.