What the Photo Can’t Capture

Today is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Day 22,247

FIVE DAYS until Spring Training!!!

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; But if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.”
Don Marquis, U.S. humorist, 1878-1937
The Quotations Page

The word of the day is wiseacre. It means, “one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness; especially : smart aleck.” (Merriam-Webster)

The practice session with the bride-to-be went pretty well last night. Oh, her maid of honor was present, as well. She was pleased, and even said that my playing on her “walking-down-the-aisle” song sounded better than the video she sent me as an example. She’s very sweet to say that. There were a few rough spots, but I have until next Friday to get it all polished up. It’s feeling more and more natural every day, so my confidence level is rising. I won’t get overconfident, though, no worries, there. I don’t know that I have ever been overconfident about performing music. I am always terrified when the moment of performance arrives, no matter how much I have practiced. And this is the first time I have ever played at a wedding.

It’s Friday!!! And I won’t have to work late, because I’m leaving early to pick up C at the Lasik surgery center. As previously mentioned, she is getting an adjustment/correction on one eye from her previous surgery.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Revelation 7:12

Today I am grateful:
1. For a good practice session last night.
2. That the bride was pleased with my playing.
3. For the musical talent with which the Lord has blessed me.
4. That the Lord put it in my heart to use that talent to glorify Him.
5. For places like Glen Rose, where I can go and “be still.”

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense,
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

(The Book of Common Prayer, Psalm 141:2)

I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
Psalm 16:7

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10

(This is inspired by today’s reading in Daily Guideposts, by Erika Bentsen)

At least once a year, my wife and I travel to nearby Glen Rose for a long weekend, staying in some cabins on the Paluxy River. I’ve written about it before. It’s one of our favorite places to be. The cabin settings are serene and rustic. They are nestled in the midst of trees and rocks, each one with its own unique view of the river and parts beyond. Our favorite cabin has an upstairs balcony, which has a magnificent view of the evening sunset in the west.

The beauty of the place cannot truly be captured in photographs. Sure, we have tried. And while the pictures look nice, there is one thing that they cannot capture; the atmosphere, the ambience, the sheer feeling of “with God” that we get when we get up in the morning and walk out onto that deck and simply breathe.

These are the times when I most feel Psalm 46:10. “Be still, and know that I am God.”

We need these times of stillness and refreshing, especially in our current culture of hurry. We rush around everywhere. The crazy driving on my morning commute seems to have gotten worse as time marches on. And the closer it gets to 8:00 AM, the worse the driving. Not me, though. I refuse to participate. If you want to get in front of me, more power to you. I don’t care. Go ahead. I’ll give you space. No doubt this annoys drivers behind me. But that’s just the way I drive now. I’ll match the flow of the traffic around me, sure. But I won’t drive so close to the car in front of me that no one can get in. I’m not in that big of a hurry.

I saw a funny picture on Facebook once. It had a picture of traffic, and it said something to the effect of: “People get so angry in traffic on the way to work. Like they’re going to be any happier once they get there.”

One of my favorite Dallas Willard quotes (yes, him again) is “Relentlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” I like that word, “relentlessly.” Hurry is the enemy of time. I think Eugene Peterson may have said that.

When we hurry, it affects everything in our minds. And we become driven by something that may not be that important. What is important? Look at Psalm 46:10 again. “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Father, help me to be still today. Sure, I have to do work. But there can still be moments of stillness. And I am grateful for the stillness of places like our favorite cabin in Glen Rose, where we can rest and know that You are God.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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