Donald Grey Barnhouse once told the story of a man who operated an ice house and lost his watch in the sawdust. (You know it’s an old story when it’s talking about keeping ice cool with sawdust!) He wanted his watch back badly, and offered a reward to anyone who could find it. Many people went through the sawdust, by hand and with rakes, but to no avail.
A young boy went into the ice house after all the searching was done, and he came back out with the watch.
How did he find it?
“I just lay down in the sawdust and listened, and finally I heard the watch ticking.”
You may not have lost your watch, but in the busyness of life, you may be missing something else: your body and soul may be out of sync. Your relationship with God may be off the rails. Your spiritual disciplines may be not all you wish they were.
With kids out of school and summer finally here, perhaps this is your opportunity to lay down in the sawdust and hear the watch ticking. Maybe now is the time to let your body and soul catch up with each other, to re-rail your relationship with God, to beef up your spiritual disciplines. You have the chance to gain some rest…in the Lord.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Jesus, Matthew 11.28, NLT).