We've been doing some paper sorting and shredding at our house. Every once in awhile a little scrap of paper, or a napkin, or a placemat with something scrawled on it, is found tucked away in a pile of archaic, once-valuable-but-no-longer-needed documents. One such gem which escaped the shredder was written back in the day on an eight-inch hunk of adding machine tape. Barely legible, it still contained great wisdom worth keeping and sharing. Telling the story of the healing Jesus performed in the synagogue on the Sabbath, a radio speaker made these observations: "A woman had been bent over for eighteen years. Jesus healed her. He made her FREE. I know people who are bent over but their spines are straight. Conversely, I've known some who run like the wind but are repressed inside. When Jesus healed the woman who had been bent over He made her also walk tall inside. Free. Allow the healing Christ to strengthen your spiritual spine."
And then there's the last year's 365-day devotional, Guidepost's Mornings With Jesus, which I couldn't bring myself to throw out or give away. Even though the dates don't match up, we're re-reading it. The Faith Step for May 15 asked the following: Do you, like me, sometimes try to be the answer to your own prayer? The following story reminds us to hand our anxious thoughts to Jesus.
I'll paraphrase from the writer, Suzanne Davenport Tietjen's account of having adopted a rescue dog named Rue, who hadn't previously been socialized to people or other animals. As a result, Rue was an unfortunate paradoxical combination of fearful and bossy. Sounds like a banging cookie sheet or rustling tinfoil terrorized her. The irony was that, instead of retreating, as her herding instincts kicked in she would try to take over. Her training now had been to learn that her new master had things under control so she had no need to take over.
So like me, the author mused—always trying to help Jesus make everything work out the way I think it should. Like Rue. I keep trying to help God out. To make things happen.