This week I was watching a zone one DVD from the states on my computer (France machines are zone 2) and I turned off my computer before removing the DVD. Early the next morning, when I realized what I had done, I turned on the computer to remove it, but then manually turned it off again. I did not wait for it to boot up or “demarrer” (to “start up” en Francais), for I did not have the time to wait. J A few hours later when I was ready to check emails and such, I turned it back on and found myself looking at a screen I’d never before seen. It gave me options for repairing and recuperating the computer, and I had to choose one of them before being able to use the machine. Why? Because earlier I refused to let the computer do what is normal and that is “demarrer” it’s way. By exercising impatience and manually shutting down the computer before allowing it to complete its start-up process, I caused some internal problems. Now I had to wait while the computer “cleaned up” the mess I had made.
Well this process took the most of 15-20 minutes, my goodness, such a long, long time in this fast-food, fast-do-it-quickly-now world in which we live (which by the way got me in this now-you-gotta-wait mode in the first place.). J Hmmmm. When the computer finally finished and I was able to redemarrer (restart), I noticed it was faster than before. Hmmm again. So I proceeded to nettoyer (clean) the C and D drives when I noticed that I now had 5 go (gigabytes) of space on the D drive (which is my main drive by choice) instead of the lonely one go (gigabyte) I had had the day before. Wow!!
I recalled that I chose the option that said “recuperer” so I looked up this word in the French dictionary and it is defined as “to salvage”, “to save”, “to restore”. I thought wow!! Again. This is just what I needed for space and speed. (Star Trek to the rescue.) It took some time, and when you think about it, 15-20 minutes is not that much time, but to a patient person who doesn’t have much time to wait, well, that might be a bit much to ask. LOL!!
Then I thought about my hobbling leg. Oh yes, after much traveling and singing and moving and pulling heavy luggage up and down the stairs, etc. my leg went on strike, and I had to sit down with an ice pack for a few days. My body needed time to “recuperate”- to be salvaged, restore itself, save itself. This takes time, and more than 15-20 minutes.
Several times Jesus would tell His disciples to “come away and rest” after a long and heavy stint of working – teaching, preaching, healing and touching, raising folk from the dead. And aah yes, so much walking. Are we sure He didn’t live in Paris or the banlieu? J (He does now, in me.) If Jesus needed to rest, what does that say about you and me? Even the Energizer bunny runs out of energy when his battery dies. More than once. That’s why we keep going back to the store to buy more. Hint hint.
It matters not who we are or what is our faith, or what our faithlessness might be, we’re all flesh and blood and we must take the time to rest and be restored – spirit, soul and body. We must take the time to reconnect with the self, and then with our family and friends. But most of all, we must DAILY take and make the time to connect with our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, for when we do, we will find Him to be a gentle Person Who leads us gently in life. He’s not a hard task master and neither is He a slave driver. He will help us to recuperate lost time (Joel 2:25). God knows how to speed things up, believe it or not (I Kings 18:46). The Lord is into building highways too (Exodus 14:16, 21-22). And I truly believe He can bring about my recuperation just like He did for so many others, and as He has done for me before. For He is “my Shepherd, I shall not want (lack). He makes me to lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); . . .” (Psalm 23:1-3a) [Amplified Bible. Emphases mine] Amen.