Luke 8:15 (King James Version)
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
On the way to the garage, early yesterday morning, on one side of the road I drove past barns of dijon mustard and soft banana yellow with spinach green roofs, in fields of relish green. It was a hot-dog morning!
On the other side of the road, the spiky stalks of last year's crop, stood up from the rich, brown earth, like stubble on a weather-beaten face.
"He was a strange fellow," said Paul, this morning at breakfast, describing the owner of the garage where he'd dropped off his car.
The owner had been unrushed and spoke in an unusually slow manner--very methodical and service oriented. "He was," said Paul, "Like an old man, in a young man's body."
"I have parts...or I have parts...or I have parts..." he said to Paul.
"These days a lot of parts are made in China...but they aren't up to scratch--so...what parts would you like?"
"What was I going to say?" asked Paul, "Give me the cheap parts?"
Calm--no rush--what a contrast with my inner battle with attitude before breakfast yesterday!
But the tide is turning and I feel more peaceful, relaxed and free than I can ever remember feeling. I thought that my battle was about controlling my attitude--but I've discovered that it's about just letting go. I've let go of the need to be in charge.
Prayer: Lord, I draw my strength and my wisdom from you.
Come live in me, all my life take over
Come breathe in me and I will rise--on eagle's wings