It is a beautiful day! Yes, I know the clouds are moving in, but do you know what? I know the maker of the clouds personally and so I’m not threatened. Actually, trust me – even when we have total cloud cover, the blue skies and sunshine are still there. Never far from us – just as the Lord is never far from us. Tomorrow’s Sunday! Holy Spirit rain down! Won’t dampen my spirits any! I am free!
That being said, I was just thinking . . . if you turn on any television station, pick up any magazine or newspaper, walk through any bookstore . . . you are inundated with opportunities to be taught to “get centered.” We constantly have opportunities to “de-stress” and to deal better with anxiety, even to bring on “good” stress. We are told we need to “chill” and to free our spirit . . . we are told we need to learn to focus better. We are told that once we do all this, we will be happy and peaceful and oh, so successful. What is all this? I can’t say that much of these books and lectures I’ve seen contained any reference to Christianity. I am also reminded of having read more than once that if we persist in doing the same thing and it never works, YET we continue to repeat it anyway, we are surely “crazy,” whatever that means. Well, crazy or not, if we are so much in need of finding our center and we keep reading these books and not finding it, are we perhaps chasing our tails which can only result in eventually getting dizzy?
To a Christian, there can be only one answer to what is at the center of our being. If we are to “get centered” and be at our peak, we must acknowledge the presence of the Lord living in our heart and soul. We must invite Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit to guard and to guide us, and to use us and our talents given BY HIM to His glory. We know this, yet our free will takes hold of us and we turn in every other direction BUT inward! We possess the answer to our every need. We’ve been given the perfect answer! A gift beyond our comprehension and more valuable than any we can buy for 29.99 plus shipping . . . all we have to do is open our hearts and say “come, Holy Spirit, come!”