Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Watched Pot

Oh, no! Not again! Almost every day I put a 2-quart pot of water on the stove to make iced tea. When the water comes to a boil, I add seven tea bags, let it steep for a few hours, and then I add a cup of sugar. Ahhh. Our favorite drink. In the time it takes the water to boil, I often convince myself that I can get some other things done about the house and still remember to come back to put the tea bags in. And yet, I don't always remember. Many times when I return, the water has almost boiled away, and at least four times, I've returned to find a completely blackened pot. (By God's grace, I haven't burned the house down!) How can I continue to make this dangerous mistake? Because of my stubbornness to believe that this time I won't forget. Too often, we can be this same way with our belief that we don't need God and His Word to live the Christian life. "Oh, I know what the Bible says; I've read it before," we mutter to ourselves. "I'll remember." No, just like my boiling water requires my immediate attention, so our souls need constant care. "With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!" (Psalm 119:10)


Mike and Katie said...

Oh yeah! I know. I did that when we were in Texas for Amanda's adoption. We were staying at my cousin's house. He had no kitchen supplies because he had just moved in so we bought him a few items including a nice stainless steel pot- that I prompltly burned by filling it with water for tea and going to take a nap.

The more kids I add the more I see the need for setting a loud timer for things like that!

jodilee0123 said...

Thanks for the psalm! I always need reminders!