He looked around, sniffed. "I don't smell anything."
I rolled my eyes, swiveled back to the computer screen. "Well, I do," I muttered.
Good grief, he was typically the olfactory member of the Rife marriage. He could smell the kitchen garbage as soon as he put the key in the front door. Guess I suffered from--what's that television commercial call it? . . . Nose blindness?
Oh well, no matter. For whatever reason, I was the chosen one to detect the must, likely an odor wafting from the recently stirred up storage area in the utility room.
In the days that followed the encounter with the musty smell, a thought occurred, a Holy Spirit spark, if you will . . .
"Guard against the musties, Eileen. Must have this. Must have that. Must do this. Must do that." God spoke softly, yet firmly to my heart. "The musties will rob you of what's really important. A musty attitude will easily overwhelm your heart relationship with Me, snuffing out joy, contentment, and the quiet, unhurried life I call you to live."
I could almost hear a previous conversation 2000 years ago with Martha in response to her must-have-everything-just-right personality. "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41-42).
In her great effort to serve Jesus, she missed the opportunity to simply enjoy Jesus. In time spent with Him, she would learn what we all need to learn . . .
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
Jesus noted one must: A personal relationship with Him.
If I enter into and grow that relationship, the rest will fall into place. He will show me what I am to be about for His Kingdom. His law of love will fill me and compel me to love others as He has so graciously and generously loved me (Galatians 6:2).
If your soul is consumed by the musties today, Jesus invites you to come, take, learn, and find rest in Him, your true soul satisfaction.
Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg
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Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas