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This was no 'trick' shot.

January 21, 2016

I can remember the days of youth while out in the driveway as I tried a variety of basketball trick shots. They would come in handy during a game of 'horse' and so I tried to perfect them.  Variety and impossibility were twined together in order to create my 'go to' shot.

 

Practicing and actually performing the shot are drastically different. I mean, usually I can say I have made more baskets by sheer luck than by any amount of skill. Truth. My brother in law would often just shake his head when one of my 'trick' shots actually worked.

 

So, this morning I sleepily walked to the cupboard, grabbed my vitamin and supplement pill box and gathered the daily regimen. As I turned back toward the kitchen the littlest of the pills (81 mg. aspirin) slipped out of my hand. I felt it hit my little toe and heard it rolling somewhere across the floor and desparately tried to locate the pill.  Hmmm, I don't need this agravation right now.  I began flipping lights on and searching the floor. Nothing!  I picked up the end of a small chest freezer so my honey could look underneath. Nothing!

Resigning myself to get another aspirin and move on, I decided to check the next room as a last resort. Surely, the pill couldn't have gone in there...

 

Okay, so here is the path this little pill took. I stood at the cupboard, the pill hit my left foot, while rolling on edge, the pill took a right turn through a doorway and then navigated between chair and table legs to the far side of the room (about 25 feet away).  I could not have gotten that little pill to go to that place with any amount of practice. Yet, there it went.

 

Life can be like the aspirin that gave me fits this morning. We practice and prepare in anticipation of something only to have an unexpected turn of events. Never in a million years could we have ever predicted this outcome, yet there it is. What do we do? How do we proceed?  Given the propensity of unexpected events that come into our lives, there needs to be a person we can turn to, a place of peace in which to rest, and a way to deal with these unwelcomed visitors.

 

        "One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of

        my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.  For in the day of trouble

        he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high

        upon a rock." (Psalm 27:4-5, NIV)

 

When we practice the discipline of allowing the Lord to guide our steps and hedge us in with  protection, a peace that surpasses all of our understanding comes over us. It's a good place to be and it's a good thing to practice. In these two verses, one can see many actions required of us. 

1. Ask

2. Seek

3. Dwell

4. Gaze

5. Seek

 

The Lord then keeps us safe and hides us in his shelter. Fantasic!

 

On second thought, I'm going to conduct an experiment. Gonna drop the little aspirin on my toe and see how many times I can get it to duplicate this morning's feat.... 

 

 

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