Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Psalm of Coercion

I've talked before about the radio station I listen to, and it seems that every time of their pastors or evangelists comes on recently, their message is so pertinent to my situation right now.

Yesterday, in one of those 2 minute snippet sermons, the guy was talking about Psalm 23.

"He makes me to lie down in green pastures."

Here's how I interpret this (with a little help from the guy on the radio).

When stress gets too much, when my situation becomes overwhelming, God asks me, oh so nicely, to lie down in green pastures. To relax for a little.

If I don't listen, and just keep on piling the stuff into my life - despite my efforts to eliminate excess - he forces me to lie down.

"Chris, I asked you nicely to lie down. You didn't listen so I'm going to make you lie down."

Is that what this arthritis is about? Is this God's way of making me slow down?

I feel like I have a pretty stress-free life, but maybe my perception's off.

It's an interesting thought though.
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