"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." ... Romans 14:17
So last night this Bible verse kept me awake awhile--
"... for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." ... Luke 17:21
And the funny thing? I kept picturing this whole land inside me looking rather like this--
It's a regal, peaceful place, in there (I mused) where I can go to rest, anytime.
That is, if I forgive others in my 'outside land' rather than sulk.
If I'm happy for others instead of resenting.
If I choose trust rather than worry.
If I'm more bold than cowardly and --
Gripping my 'right' to be upset/worried/shy then becomes like sending a dark, chaotic cyclone of enemies to that land inside-
For, like, if I refuse to forgive, then God can't forgive me and where's the peace in that?
There are reasons God asks that we die to self.
Go turning your respite place all stormy and suddenly you start searching on the outside for something, anything, close. But it's never the same lasting peace or rest or joy out there.
On purpose, God made it that way. So lets both, you and me, keep it beautiful within our own kingdoms, ok? These days, my oh my, do we ever need a place where we can receive from God all it takes to keep going. In joy.
So since Tom's and my favorite tv shows are on hiatus, we needed something new to watch and oh! We found something delightful (at least so far) --
It's called Reverie, on NBC. Some very creative stuff there and rather relevant in Today's take-me-away-from-all-this world.
And here's something I shared at Facebook:
Last week on my walk, an adorable small boy asked, "Why do you carry that big hammer?" I smiled, stopped and told him it's a cane, actually, and I carry it in case, during the last part of my walk, I get too tired and need it to walk home with."
We both chuckled.
We both chuckled.
But actually, that's the 2nd reason I take that cane. The first? In case I run across grouchy dogs or wild-eyed men. But I didn't want to scare the little guy.