Random Notes From What I’m Reading

The story of my life is the story of my faith…

Rest

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I’m reading through a book by Steve Case called God Is Here and a section of the book that caught my attention is when he wrote:

Imagine the greatest rest stop in the world. You are on a road trip, and the drive is long and hard. You are out of munchies. You’ve listened to that one CD too many times, and all the radio stations are sounding the same.This rest stop has a gift shop the size of a mall. Everything is on sale. The food looks great. Fresh fruit and sandwiches instead of overpriced vending machine cheese-and-peanut-butter crackers.

There’s a guy standing nearby with a guitar, playing music. He’s good. He’s selling CD’s for $5 each. The bathrooms are immaculate. You buy a sandwich and a slice of fresh apple pie. You sit on a clean bench and listen to the man sing. You plan to buy the CD for the road….

Are you going to stop and think, “this is so nice, maybe I’ll just spend my vacation here?” No. You are going to rest and then continue on. Brother Lawrence said that to stop moving forward, even if you are really, really comfortable, is to move backward. The longer you stay at this rest stop, the closer you are to where you started.

One of the hardest things in the world is to move on. To get back in the car and keep driving even though you know you have a longer drive ahead of you than you do behind you. But you keep going anyway.

You may have noticed as you begin to live the spiritual life that the little things don’t bother you like they did. The life you are living is just fine. You start to think, “yeah, this is good. I can stay here.” but you can’t. Just like you can’t stay at the rest stop, you can’t stop during your spiritual journey. The presence of God is a continuing process. You keep going. You keep trying. You keep connecting because that is simply what you have to do. If the threat that you could wind up back where you started isn’t enough, then the goal of what you could become should be.

The road hurts. There’s construction. There are long delays. A drunk driver is weaving in and out of cars, just missing your bumper before cutting back into the lane and avoiding a head-on collision.

So you pop in your new CD. The voice fills your car and eases your aching shoulders. The melody is sweet, and you start to sing along.

How often have you found yourself content when God has something bigger and better planned for you? I know I have – far too many times – and I’m thankful for God urging me to keep moving despite my laziness wanting to get in the way.

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Written by Ryan

July 26, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Posted in Books, Christian, Steve Case

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  1. Wonderful lesson. A mountain has to be climbed. Some are rock climbers, some are going to have to look for the easiest gradient. But the odd rock slide or swampy conditions can’t stop us from getting back on the climb.

    owen59

    July 27, 2007 at 9:59 am

  2. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and offering up some kind words Owen! Your one of the first people to leave a comment and it’s great to know that other people are reading and finding some encouragement in what they are reading.

    Ryan McNeill

    July 28, 2007 at 1:37 pm


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