A Word with You - May 24, 2011

 

Running Into Busyness

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As we watched the tragedies of the earthquake, and cholera, and the misery of Haiti unfold in recent months, it's really touched our hearts, because my wife and I have had the opportunity to be in Haiti a couple of times. I remember some years ago when my wife brought back a strange souvenir from her visit. She came home with I guess you'd call it a bacterial souvenir from a mission trip there.

We got home from the airport, opened up the luggage, greeted our three children and started to hand out the little souvenirs that we got them. Well, meanwhile, my wife retreated to the bedroom and within an hour she was in intestinal agony with gastroenteritis. Well, I went to the doctor a couple of times and I tried to get her something to give her relief. When all else failed, he said, "Well, you had better get the emergency medical people over there and bring her to the hospital.

That was a little scary. I mean, here comes the EMS people barging in, they've got a stretcher, they've got the ambulance out in front, they're barking orders to each other. Our boys just stood there wide-eyed trying to process it all, but not our 14-year-old daughter. No. No, she responded to this bad news situation differently. Suddenly she's in the kitchen doing dishes; cleaning madly; working frantically. I guess she didn't want to deal directly with what was going on, so she just got busy. Maybe it's a first-born thing. Now that's not all bad unless it's God you're not dealing with.

Now, either we face what He's saying, or we run like mad. If you run into busyness, oh, well, everyone will praise you for your dedication. But busyness that is running from the truth is an escape, as surely as drugs or alcohol. And it's just as addicting. Isn't it time to stop running finally and unload the stress of a neurotic, destructive busyness and just listen to God? Deal with what he's been chasing you for all these years, and you won't have to run nearly so much. Wouldn't it would be nice to live without always having to look over your shoulder.

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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