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"My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."
~ Psalm 45:1

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Pacemakers and Pacesetters

8/10/2020 7:47:00 PM BY Leona Choy

(A slice of our Daily Bread)

 

The poem below by Japanese author Toki Miyashina is obviously her version of Psalm 23. By the title I'm sure she doesn't mean "pacemaker" in the sense of the small device surgically inserted under the skin of the chest to remedy heart rhythm disorders that arise from disease in the heart's electrical conduction system. The normal heart has its own pacemaker designed by God that regulates the rate at which the heart beats.

Surely Toki means by her meditation a "pacesetter," in the sense of walking with a friend along our country road. Because of my diminished breathing capacity due to a previous lung cancer surgery, unfortunately, I'm the one who must set the pace to slow, almost a stroll.

On the contrary, when we walk with Jesus daily, let's allow Him to set the pace. He leads us but we walk beside Him as our Pacesetter. There are times when we must run to catch up with Him, and times when He has to hold us back from running ahead of Him. And times when we tend to drag our feet and lag behind. Fast is not the preferred pace. Waiting on the Lord is the perfect pace.

One of the books I've written is titled, Selah Reflections, subtitled Press the PAUSE button, which is the counsel many of us need most in our hectic lives. It is also what the term "Selah" is thought to express when used by the Psalmsts:"Pause, slow down, think quietly about the meaning of life, and adjust your ways."

The Lord is my Pacemaker - I shall not rush.


He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals:
He provides me with images of stillness,
Which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency
Through calmness of mind, and His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things
To accomplish each day, I will not fret -
for His Presence is here:
His timelessness, His importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal
In the midst of my activity,
By anointing my mind with his oils of tranquility.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness
Shall be the fruits of my hours;
For I shall live in His house forever. 

I’m currently reading a book which cuts to the chase even by its title: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer. Hurry to obtain a copy—it is sure to challenge you to follow the example of one of my-sweet-as-honey great-granddaughters Karis Leona Choy. She is learning early to take the "pause that refreshes" any time the opportunity presents itself.


In the Western world we use the term "stop and smell the roses" to indicate the need to slow our pace and enjoy life more. A Chinese proverb cautions us not to "gallop through a flower garden on horseback." Both indicate our longing for a life without a heavy foot on the accelerator. Lets follow that longing and do something about it! Selah!

 



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