Lost – because I’m not looking up

  • Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

This is a first! I’m posting directly from my phone. This is my only option since both my computer and our Internet were fried – quite literally – by a rogue lightning strike early Saturday evening.

I was cooking, standing by the kitchen window, when a deafening crack split the air, accompanied by a brilliant flash. As a couple of pieces of smoking debris fell to the ground outside, the lights dimmed, burned bright, then returned to normal. I was able to continue cooking – after I stopped shaking – and I honestly thought we had dodged a bullet.

No such luck, however, as it didn’t take long to realize our air conditioning was the first casualty.  A quick survey revealed no Internet connection and a burned out router. Then, the absolute worst, I saw smoke coming from my trusty desktop iMac. Yes, friends, the machine is a loss.

it’s going to take several days, a lot of work, and a fair amount of money for Maul Hall to be properly connected, and  up and running again.

What bothers me most is not so much what happened as how easy it is for me to feel lost. It makes me question how grounded I am in what really matters, and where I find my peace…

Jesus offers peace that is unlike any other.  When the inconveniences of this life come between me and what Jesus promises then it’s time to recalibrate and refocus.

I guess I  feel lost when my faith is less compelling than the world around me. We all do. It’s not really the internet that is disconnected, it is my soul, the ground of my being.

I chug along happily most of the time, immersed in my priorities, unaware that I am inching away from my heart’s true home – unaware because I am simply not looking up. Then something gets my attention and I realize just how far I have drifted.

I need to interrupt the drift… daily. We all do.

Peace, and more peace – Derek

 

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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  1. Wow!!! I’m glad everyone is OK. I’m sorry for your Mac loss+++ I pray household insurance reimburses you for the expense. It did us in the 1990’s – we weren’t home when it happened but the neighbors heard it! Peace.

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  2. No truer words were spoken. I find myself doing this as well and just trying to make time in a busy world and the days fly by quickly. I recognize when I don’t do my morning devotions and prayer that the day seems to slip away and I have just been idling instead of being productive. Great article. Hope you are able to recover your losses.

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