ON PATROL

By Pastor Liz Robinson
Scripture Reading: Psalm 131
 
“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” Psalm 131:1-3 (NIV)
 
I have a mentor who coined the phrase “cosmic policewoman badge.” I may or may not have been inspirational in the crafting of that phrase. “How would you use it?” you ask. Here is an example: “I am going to hang up my cosmic policewoman badge.” Meaning, it’s not my job to dissect/monitor/judge/sentence everyone’s decisions, comments and life choices. 
 
In this day of social media, that’s a hard pill to swallow. How much of my time is spent trying to unravel situations that can’t possibly have human solutions? How much time does my brain spend running frantic circles in my skull, ordering everyone else’s life around?  Could this time be better spent?
 
According to the Psalmist, yes. My time could be better spent. I could calm and quiet myself before God, “as a weaned child with its     mother.” This means I would simply be with God, contentedly, not making any demands. And I will put my hope in Him, both now and forevermore.
 
I do not understand how this works. But it is so much better than being on constant patrol.

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