An Unimaginable Blessing…

An Unimaginable Blessing…

     My office has been a mess for way too long! Recently, I’ve found myself shuffling through stacks of papers, spending precious time looking for what I’m unable to locate because I’ve been placing papers in piles rather than files.

     This morning the time had come! I must ‘pay the piper.’[1]

     Procrastination is not a new behavior for me. I’m prone to procrastinate when it comes to keeping my office organized as well as on other tedious tasks.

     So, this morning, I set the kitchen timer for 60 minutes and instructed myself that I was to work in the office for that entire time. This is not a new self-discipline measure for me. I find sometimes when a distasteful task must be accomplished, I need to give myself a stern ‘talking to’ and set the timer! It always amazes me what can be accomplished in a relatively short span of focused, uninterrupted time.

     During the self-imposed hour I knew I must spend organizing my office, I decided to listen to a podcast sermon and chose one from Mark Batterson, a pastor from Washington, D.C. (Batterson’s books, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and Wild Goose Chase are a couple of my favorites.[2])

     The sermon I listened to this morning was entitled Infrared Blessing and was based on a beloved priestly blessing found in the Old Testament.

The Lord bless you
and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26 NIV)

     Batterson explained this blessing is one that goes beyond what we can imagine—a blessing coming from the unending light of God. Listening to this pastor’s encouraging words definitely made my office-cleaning task more pleasant.

     This same blessing is one my husband, Ron, chose to pray over our daughter, Sarah, and her soon-to-be husband, Brandon, on their wedding day.

     This same blessing is one I choose to pray for you, my Listening on YOUR Journey readers, today (from my significantly more well-organized office).

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The Lord bless you
and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26 NIV)

May you feel the warmth of God’s “infrared blessing” throughout this day….

Sue Reeve

  1. To “pay the piper” figuratively means to face the unpleasant results of your actions for something you have neglected to do…It comes from a fascinating 13th Century German legend. If you care to learn more: http://www.examiner.com/article/what-paying-the-piper-means
  2. thetheaterchurch.com/media/blessing-no.-10/infrared-blessing

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