Thursday, February 28, 2013

Watching Wood Burn

Norwegian public television has an exciting idea for a new show.  The network plans to broadcast wood burning in a fireplace for 12 hours straight.  The images of the fireplace will include commentary and expert advice on wood burning from well-known Norwegians (no joke).

That show probably sounds pretty boring to most Americans.  We are all about the action.  We want fight scenes, explosions, and car chases on our television shows.  We want our heroes to do stuff, not just sit around and wax philosophical about all things wood and fire.
With that said, coming to terms with not doing stuff might be a good exercise for many Americans.  Learning to slow down, rest, and relax might be just what we need.  There is a lot to be gained from knowing how to be as well as knowing what to do.

Jesus instructed His disciples to take a break and settle down.  The Gospel of Mark says, “The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.  Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’”  After doing a bunch of stuff, Jesus tells His closest followers to slow down, take it easy, and get some rest.  In other words, Jesus told them enjoy being His disciples as well as doing what disciples do.
As you going this season of fasting, give up the hectic pace of action packed doing.  Take time to get away, read the scripture, sit in silence, and pray.  Learn to enjoy being with Christ as much as you enjoy serving Christ.  There is much to be gained from the act of being a Christian.  And, I am sure it will be more enjoyable than watching Norwegians talk about burning wood.

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