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Musical Monday….Slow Down

Time gets away from me so fast.  There are days that it seems like I run and run and never get anywhere.  It’s those days that I crave the rest that Psalm 23 talks about.  “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”  These verses remind me to slow down and to help me be still.  They remind me to follow His lead.  They remind me that rest and peace can be found even in the middle of chaos.

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Don’t underestimate the power of time spent with God.  When Moses met with God, his face actually shone with the glory of the Lord.  How cool is that?!  Spending time with God shows on us.  Not only that but when we meet with Him, He can give us what we need.  He can give us wisdom for our situation.  He can give us peace & joy.  He can restore us.  We can rest in Him.  So slow down and make some time for Him.  He’s waiting for you.

In my quiet time with the Lord a few years ago, I kept hearing the music to Billy Joel’s “Vienna.” I often have random songs in my head, so that’s not anything unusual.  A few days ago it was “I Think I Love You” as sung by David Cassidy of the Partridge Family….but I digress.  When I looked up the lyrics to “Vienna” I was blown away!  Here are the lyrics to “Vienna” with Vienna replaced with God’s Name.

Vienna By Billy Joel 
Slow down you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart tell me why
Are you still so afraid?
Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize…Yahweh waits for you

Slow down you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight (tonight)
Too bad but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself
That you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong
You know you can’t always see when you’re right(you’re right)

You got your passion you got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on but don’t imagine they’ll all come true
When will you realize
Jesus waits for you

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It’s alright you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize…
The Holy Spirit waits for you.

And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through

Why don’t you realize…Jesus waits for you
When will you realize…the LORD GOD waits for you

PS:  Photo taken of Muskegon River in 2012 by me & my phone.

PSS:  Proverbs 31 Ministries posted this last week about learning to rest.  It’s a good one:  http://www.proverbs31.org/devotions/learn-rest-2013-05/

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