My head hurts.
My heart aches.
I just finished reading the newspaper.
My husband tells me to cancel it. I can’t quite pull myself to do so. Not yet. I must know the news – bad as it is – so I am prepared.
Prepared for what?
Um . . . um . . . good question.
The newspaper in itself is not evil. The news – however – is. Quite. Decidedly. Evil and otherworldly than ever in my life experience. It’s like one of those horrid rides in an amusement park where people choose to strap themselves into a seat and be hurled round and round and held upside-down for some sort of thrill.
The thrill escapes me. I have never been a great fan of amusement parts. They bore me. This would not be surprising given the definition of the word “amuse”:
amuse – v. from the Greek “muse” meaning thought – to think; when the “a” is placed before, it becomes a negative meaning “no” – ergo – “no thought”
So, yes – choosing to strap oneself into a mechanical ride that restricts your freedom and forces you to endure motion in every unnatural way that the human body is not designed to tolerate would require a great deal of amusement – no thought.
This is not to say that amusement doesn’t have its positive qualities. I think – like most things – it can be a force for goodness and beauty to nurture the human spirit.
- When a glorious work of art by-passes the brain and ministers directly to the heart – we are amused and need take no thought.
- When a turn of phrase in poetry or prose transports beyond the mind’s calculator and speaks to the depths of one’s soul – we are amused and need take no thought.
- When the warmth of a crackling fire coupled with a steaming mug of hot chocolate envelope the body with a sense of well being – we are amused and need take no thought.
It is for these amusing places of repose that I find myself hungering when I read the newspaper and am flooded with the anxiety of the age in which we live – strapped into some warped amusement park’s idea of adventure where the human body and mind are brought to the teetering edge of the thrill of doom. Should those straps break . . . well . . . haven’t we all read tragic stories in the newspaper about just such amusement park accidents.
The newspapers are full of it – redefining words and concepts that depart from Godly wisdom; reporting lurid details about how beastly human beings can be to each other – some claiming they pulled the trigger just to “amuse” themselves.
Well, this morning, after putting all those “amusing” stories printed in today’s edition of the local media hype in the recycle bin where it belongs, I chose to MUSE in God’s Word where the Lord gives proper instruction in the Art of Amusement:
Therefore I say unto you, TAKE NO THOUGHT for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 6:25-26 KJV
And for emphasis . . .
So, I lay aside the temptation to indulge my headache – and heart ache. Truly, the headlines and downward spiral of world events – and moreso – those daily roller coaster rides we find ourselves screaming on as we navigate the often turbulent curves in the rickety car of our own life and business – yeah – God’s got all that.
He’s got the world’s business. He’s got the world’s PEACE . . . Jesus Christ.
He’s got my business. He’s got my PEACE . . . Jesus Christ.
Joyful to greet you today!
Let’s get out there and flood what waits with Grace and a Grateful Heart!
It’s just another day in the Kingdom of God.
Sharing Just Another Day in the Kingdom of God this week with:
Judith at Wholehearted Wednesday
Jacqueline at Encourage One Another
Jenifer at Word Filled Wednesdays
Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women
Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays