What occupies your quiet moments. Do you have time to gaze out of a window . . . Swirl the soap bubbles rising from cereal dishes . . . depositing cold wet clothes to a dryer . . . driving to the bank . . sitting at the computer . . . sipping coffee. . . . .
What occupies your mind?
I looked up this word Occupy in the the Hebrew – and it is:
halak (haw-lak’), 1980 in the strongs – To exercise, walk, be conversant, tale bearer, traveler, wander . . .
I have been working on living in the real - the right now – and planning for real future events. And yet, as I read things on the internet – I can have a tendency to drift to the virtual – which stirs up my emotions – It is interesting that definition of Occupy comes with Tale Bearing Conversant Wanderings.
I looked up another word today – Behaved 7737 -
shavah (shaw-vaw)- To level – to Equalize – Adjust – Reckon – Compose – Yield.
In the bible translators have chosen words like Behaved, Stilled, Composed, Cultivated, Calmed, Learned to feel Safely – to try to bring shavah into our English understanding.
Adjusting our conversations. Yielding to wandering. Reckoning the tale bearer. Wonder where I am going with this?
I was sitting to Pastor Darrel this Sunday – and he referenced the very short Psalm 131:
O lord, my heart is not lifted up,
My eyes are not raised too high,
I do not occupy myself with things
Too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Oh Isreal, Hope in the Lord from this time forward and forever more.
And for some reason – I felt that this was one more step of confirmation that I need to keep my current plans on track with my Facebook account. It spoke to me - I will keep those ponderings to myself – yet, I wanted to share this verse with you here while I ponder -
Urging myself to keep the focus on what is real - sorting out what is virtual – walking in what He lays before me HERE – and enjoying what I read for encouragement on line.
I see that it is a very real thing – that King David did – how many people must have come to him, to share the lives of his countrymen? To share their goals? To share the stories of their children? There must be a leveling – and adjusting – a balance – in being involved in the history of others – and letting those stories occupy your mind – careful – when I sort them into the categories in my mind – of Pride, Judgment – Comparing – or even Apathy – the stirs the soul into an anxious heap.
I will continue to exercise – to train – to practice quieting my soul – keeping a safe spot around my time and thoughts -
I have sat here to try to type out these thoughts – and they get jumbled -
I know I am not alone in my feelings for virtual friends – So I will keep posting – if you are further along at sorting it out – let me know! Share your ponderings for the rest of the class. :)