BY PR DR JEREMY CHEW
(EXTRACTED FROM “STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP” BY CHARLES R. SWINDOLL)
A bone-weary father dragged himself into his home dog-tired late one evening. It had been one of those unbelievable days of pressure, deadlines, and demands. He looked forward to a time of relaxation and quietness. Exhausted, he picked up the evening paper and headed for his favorite easy chair by the fireplace. About the time he got his shoes untied, plop! into his lap dropped his five-year-old son with an excited grin on his face.
“Hi, Dad, …let’s play!”
He loved his boy dearly, but his need for a little time all alone to repair and think was, for the moment, a greater need than time with Junior. But how could he maneuver it?
There had been a recent moon probe and the newspaper carried a huge picture of earth. With a flash of much-needed insight, the dad asked his boy to bring a pair of scissors and some transparent tape. Quickly, he cut the picture of the earth into various shapes and sizes, then handed the pile of homemade jigsaw puzzle pieces to him.
“You tape it all back together, Danny, then come on back and we’ll play, Okay?”
Off scampered the child into his room as dad breathed a sigh of relief. But in less than ten minutes the boy bounded back with everything taped perfectly in place. Stunned, the father asked: “How’d you do it so fast, son?”
“Aw, it was easy, Daddy. You see, there is this picture of a man on the back of the sheet…and when you put the man together, the world comes together.”
And so it is in life. For rest to occur in our lives, Christ Jesus must be in proper focus. He must be in His rightful place before we can ever expect to get our world to fall in place. When we put the Man in His rightful place, it’s amazing what happens to our world. And, more importantly, what happens to us.
“CAST ALL YOUR ANXIETY ON HIM BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU.”
~ 1 PETER 5:7 ~