A Reminder to Be Mindful of God
Kerry S. Doyal
You never know when or where God will remind you of an important truth. A
recent chance encounter at a hotel continental breakfast bar reminded me of
God's passion to teach us. It reminded me of the need to be mindful of Him.
Our family was traveling back to Kingsport recently when my son and I met a
kind retiree from Oklahoma. Coincidentally, she too who was on her way to
Kingsport, to visit a daughter and family.
By the way, it is said that a "coincidence" is when God chooses to
work anonymously. Lucky for us - yes, that was a joke - He does this often.
Having noticed that she looked Hispanic or Native American and that she had on
a shirt saying "Mexico," I asked if she was Mexican or Cherokee. She
was in fact first generation Mexican American and she then relayed an
interesting life development.
Our new friend told how she used to think in Spanish as well as she could in
English. But, in the past few years, she has noticed that skill slipping. At a
recent reception, she was able to speak to someone in Spanish. Yet, much to her
chagrin, she got stuck in efforts to communicate.
Having no one to speak Spanish to on a regular basis has made it harder to
think in Spanish as easily as she used to. What used to be natural to her now
takes effort due to lack of practice, less use.
Hmmm... With a long drive ahead and being a person prone to parabolize, apt to
allegorize, this got me to thinking about my thinking. (I will not be offended
if you need to re read that sentence.) How fluent do I stay in thinking about
God, His word, His truths, His will and ways?
Can I, with Willie Nelson, sing to my sweet Lord, "You were always on my
mind?" Being on the road again, I could not outlaw that line of thinking.
How consistently do I meditate on Him, His word, mulling Him over? How well do
I think biblically? Have my skills and habits of thinking in God's language -
the Bible - stayed strong or have they slipped?
We are to love God with all our minds, as well as our hearts, soul and
strength. A lack of use of our language of re-birth can lead to one dimensional
living and thinking - a life that is too earthy (see Psalm 1).
To my new friend, I say "mucho gusto, mucho gracias mi amiga y Dios Te
bendaga." "Good to meet you, thank you very much my friend and God
bless you!" I hope you are duly impressed, that is half of my Spanish.
And, yes, I had it double checked!
To my Lord, who has provided cleaner, clearer thoughts for us to think, I say
thank you for the reminder. Feel free to keep me mindful to keep you in mind.
"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on
the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of
honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things
down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden
with Christ in God." Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT)
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close
this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think
about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that
are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall
meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that
is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will
have good success." Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)