Of mice, men and God

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes that which should be obvious escapes me, and I will have a moment where I realize what I had been missing. (picture me slapping my forehead here saying “ah ha!”). I had one of those moments last night.

My life has been crazy in recent weeks, there is so much going on at work that just when I think my head is above water, I start drowning in work again. I’ve been working extra long hours, and quite honestly I’m starting to feel it physically and mentally.

This week I had plans of getting out of the office at lunch time, going to my local B&N and spending some time writing. I even planned to try and get out of the office early (read “on time”). Let’s just say those plans haven’t materialized as I’d hoped.

Last night, I was reminded of an old saying that my Dad used to quote. “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, gang aft agley.” (Robert Burns). I started thinking about how this applied to my good intentions of taking breaks at work and leaving on time.

Then when I sat down to cruise some of my favorite blogs I came across Terri’s posting called “A whisper in my heart” and I was reminded of one of my most precious bible verses “Be still and know that I am God”.

Ahhh….that’s what has been missing. Amidst all the craziness I need to be still and listen for His voice and leading. I won’t be able to muster the self-discipline without His help. So thank you, Terri for pointing me back in the right direction.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Good reminder.

  2. Refreshing to read one non-political post today. Thanks for that. Now, you go take you off a “mental health” day from that job and relax/enjoy! All the work will be there when you get back. 🙂

  3. You do need a break! At the end of the day–what will mean the most to you?
    Thank you for the sweet blessing for saying something I wrote touched you:)) That’s why I write!

    You made my day–now I hope yours is great too!

  4. It just amazes me that I can get so busy and crazy with life and I can’t figure out why I’m not finding any relief – it’s because I FORGET to “Be Still and Listen to Him!”

    You’d think that I’d remember!

  5. Wishing you a relaxing day. Take that trip to the bookstore…you deserve it.

  6. Yes, it is often hard to get off the treadmill of life and just calm the mind and body. I need to take a lesson from what you are saying. Good luck!

  7. Linda,
    I came to your blog after you left a comment for me on the new SCN Blog. This post of yours could have been written by or for me. When I finally get home from work, there’s barely enough energy for the must-dos”. Like you, I need to remember that time spent with God is one of the most vital “must-do’s” Thanks for the reminder!

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