The Christian Woman’s Four Letter Word

September 17, 2012

in Everyday Fruit,Personal Disciplines

I don’t even want to say it.

But I find myself apologizing for missing this and overlooking that and not writing as often here and forgetting her and oops, totally neglected that.

And the last thing I want to type is this four letter word:


Oh, I don’t want to be this.

Wasn’t it the guy who was busy getting married and the other guy who was busy getting his land all ready and the other guy who was busy taking care of his oxen…weren’t all those guys too busy for the great banquet with Jesus?

Perhaps the Priest and Levite were suffering with that four letter word when they walked right by the man that needed help so badly.

I grew up knowing about four letter words.  And this one, this word of running from here to there in a hurry, this one is certainly cause for the worst trouble.

On the Sabbath morning, I read the words of rest:

‘Oh, that you had paid attention to my commandments!  

Then your peace would have been like a river,

and your righteousness like the waves of the sea…’  Isaiah 48:18

And I finally hear God’s voice above all these demands on my time, His earnest calling to me-‘Oh Nicole, pay attention!’

Who wants to be punching the clock when she could have peace?

Who wants to be rushed when she could be righteous?

Who wants to choose calendars over commandments?

I set mine out for the week ahead and I choose this-to choose Christ instead of chaos, to choose truth instead of time restraints.

I look at the calendar and make it as simple as possible.

I refuse to use that four letter word anymore.

And I beg for grace to never refuse the invite to the banquet, to not hurry down the road and pass right by the opportunity to be the Good Samaritan.

I beg for grace to only be rushed to get to my Bible, to let my feet hurry only to get to prayer, to only be busy being peaceful.

Oh Lord, keep us from being busy and turn our attention to your commandments-fulfilled in Christ and alive in those who aren’t too busy to abide in Him.

‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, 

who leads you in the way you should go.’  Isaiah 48:17


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