This morning I finally got out for a walk. It seems like forever with the cold, rainy weather. So despite the rain, it was 40 degrees and me and 2 of the pups geared up for a dark, wet 5K. I probably saw 2 golfcarts and maybe 4 runners/walkers (very light crowd for the PTC golfcart paths). A wonderful, dreary, wet morning, but exactly what I needed to clear my head and lucky for you – compose a blog post!
A bit of a side note: I’ve been using the term “stir crazy” a fair amount lately, with the weather and kids on break, and decided to Wikipedia (can I use that as a verb?) it this AM, and was actually surprised by what I found. Apparently a “stir” is a prison. Which is weird and random timing, as I had to explain to my LL what the white school bus was this AM on the side of the road (prison bus).
Stir Crazy is a phrase that dates to 1908 according to the Oxford English Dictionary and the online Etymology Dictionary. Used among inmates in prison, it referred to a prisoner who became mentally unbalanced because of prolonged incarceration. The term “stir crazy” is based upon the slang stir (1851) to mean prison. It is now used to refer to anyone who becomes restless or anxious from feeling trapped and even somewhat claustrophobic in an environment, usually a confined space, perceived to be more static and unengaging than can any longer continue to hold interest, meaning, and value to and for them.
(To read more and see the source – click here)
The song I have had on my heart lately, which I prayed and meditated over on my walk today is “I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin. Although, I just searched my own site and found I already did a post on this song here. It seems as I’m still feeling many of the things I felt 6 months ago and needed a little reminder to remain faithful and keep on following, even when it seems never-ending.
As my thoughts became very prolific this AM while walking the dogs, a metaphor (analogy?) came to mind as I was holding onto 2 leashes. I kept going back and forth between which way to look at it, so I’ll present both for you today. The first is that God is the holder of our leashes. Just as my dogs think they are in control, going along, minding their own business, I can, as the controller of their leashes, pull them back and say “Stop”, or lead them in a new direction.
But then I also kept thinking that in life when material things or my own desires and wants are pulling me in a million different directions, sometimes (always), I need to let go off that leash on my life. Let go of the demands of the world and its expectations and demands on me. The saying “Let Go, Let God” popped into my head. But now I’m going to coin my own phrase “let go of the leash” (and follow God). Really try to listen to what He is saying and let him guide my leash. It may not always be where I want to go (think dogs going after a squirrel!), but He is all-knowing, and in time, with patience, I will see it was right, so just having that trust now.
So with that image in my head of letting go and freeing my hands, the image of lifting my hands in praise and obedience came to mind, so today I’ll leave you with another Chris Tomlin song “I lift my hands.” Take a listen below. I pray that we can all let go of the leash we hold on material things and expectations of the world and lift up our hands and praise the One who holds our leash, controls our fate, and whom we should worship and trust with our whole hearts always.
Amen, have a great weekend!
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.