Nourishment from the Source

I’ve been catching up on reading one of my favorite blogs.  While the writer and I really don’t have a lot in common on a spiritual level, he said something in a recent post that said it all for me. 

“When you’re getting your nourishment from the Source, that other crap  doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t.”

He was speaking in the context of having spent a soul nourishing day in the wilderness of New Mexico where the Rio Grande and Red River come together.  After returning to their old adobe rental in Taos, he and his wife spent the rest of the day taking in the “indescrible” and “intoxicating” air and sunlight.  Returning inside to sit at his computer out of habit, he realized that reading blogs and writing, one of his favorite things, just didn’t matter at that point for he felt he had communed with “the Source.” 

Who other than God?  I’ve felt the pull lately to return to His side.  I always have the tendency to get so wrapped up in my activities and hobbies, painting the house, going to meetings, quilting, watching TV, creating a vegetable garden out of nothing, that I put aside studying the Word and communing with  the Source of all life, joy and peace.  I was going to play hooky from church for the 3rd week in a row on Sunday, but felt the pull to go, to hear what was going to be said.  The message was about intimacy with Christ.  That voice saying ever so gently, “Come back.  I’ve missed you.”   Now, I haven’t completely gone sideways.  I still pray a lot – A LOT.  And prayers are answered.  My son was given a passing grade in a class he felt sure he had failed.  So he gets the credit hours and his GPA is still good enough for scholarships.  The nephew who made some bad choices in his teenage years has turned his life around lately, but was still facing permanent felony charges.  The judge dismissed them out of the blue!  His attorney said that NEVER happens.  Answered prayers.   He is faithful even when we’re not. 

So, its time to slow down and rearrange some priorities.  I will still enjoy reading John’s blog – his photography of his New Mexico surroundings is incredible – and I’ll pray that he’ll get “nourishment from the Source” more often.  Thanks for the reminder.

Keep it simple.

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5 thoughts on “Nourishment from the Source

  1. Thanks for posting this. This important reminder lets us know we serve a master. When we read through it, especially if we picture the activity, we realize we’ve been entrusted with something to manage and cultivate for a master who’s not long to return.

    It reminds me of Mary and Martha and Jesus’ reminder to Martha (is it ironic that our era’s most famous practitioner of the domestic arts is also named Martha [Stewart]?) that there are some things that require respite from the world’s activities.

    That’s not to say those things are wrong. Instead, I’m starting to think we need to organize our lives around our disciplines instead of our goals. Disciplines across the four dimensions of our lives (physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social) require us to carve out time, forcing us to give up some good things so we can attain the best. Goals can come later, because our disciplines will have equipped us to deal with the successes and failures related to trying to achieve our goals.

    Sincerely,
    Leroy Hurt, PMP, CGEIT
    You have unfinished business!

  2. Great words: “something to master and cultivate.” We are to cultivate this life He has given us and can only master it with the power of the Holy Spirit.

    You’re absolutely right about reprioritizing our lives around disciplines rather than goals. One discipline I am attempting to re-establish in my life is regular Word study.

    I think it is interesting that you included social disciplines in your list. That can mean so many things: regular interaction with other believers, of course, but for me, I think it will also take the path of getting to know my neighbors better and getting more involved in the relocalization of our economy. That will take deliberate effort on my part – a discipline.

    Goals can only be achieved through discipline. Maybe its our goals we need to reassess as well.

    Thanks for the great food for thought.

    • Well spoken about neighbors and social disciplines. I’m becoming more convinced social disciplines help us earn the right to be heard. Here’s something I wrote a while back –

      • Social disciplines are important for establishing continuity in a group, whether it’s the family, community, or nation, and help ensure consistent treatment for everyone. Among those who’ve committed to follow the way of Christ, social disciplines can be an effective way of showing the humility others will see as love for each other, because “by this all men will know that you are My [Christ’s] disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
      o Group traditions and rituals can be the glue that holds a group together. The airports are jammed at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the phone lines reach capacity on Mother’s Day because of that glue. Don’t neglect those traditions and rituals in your life, and respect the traditions and rituals of others. They can often be a way to connect people back to God.
      o For example, ancient Christians used the celebrations of other cultures to create analogies to the Gospel, drawing from sources like the ancient Roman custom of decorating trees and a pagan custom of burning a log that symbolized the turning of the year. From these, they created the Christmas tree and Yule log.
      o Etiquette demonstrates concern for the feelings of others and acts like a lubricant to make personal interactions easier. There are many good books on etiquette, and you can also look up information about etiquette on the Internet.
      o “Proprieties” is a good word for the kinds of social disciplines that encourage restraint and modesty. For example, the way you act, speak, and dress gives clues about your character and capacity. In one of my favorite movies, The Quiet Man, the character played by John Wayne begins a formal courtship of the character played by Maureen O’Hara. As they start, their chaperone warns, “No patty-fingers, if you please. The proprieties at all times.” As a way of drawing conclusions about people, this may not be the most accurate way to get at who they are, but observing proprieties effectively communicates that you care about other people’s sensitivities.

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