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February 18th, 2008

Cisterns in the mind

I still cling to a lot of empty cisterns, even though the leave me feeling dry (Jeremiah 2:13).

Every so often I write an email and then find myself dwelling over it throughout the rest of the day, wondering if I wrote this line clear enough and whether the person will like my pun near the end. I pour all of my thoughts and focus into this thing that is done and past and I can't think about anything else. I find that I do this kind of thing a lot. In the end, I have a clutter of petty worries and thoughts floating around my head. It makes me feel very tired and mentally cluttered.

Isaiah 58 has been coming to my mind lately. I think God is trying to reach out and remind me of the spring of living water, which refreshes the soul. He promises that if I devote my mind and speech to actively honoring Him above all else, that I will find great joy and blessing. When we give to God, we receive so much more.

Isaiah 58:13-14:
“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable,
And shall honor Him,
not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

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