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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 16: Sanity


The hamster gets on the wheel

and starts to run

and run

and run

yet never getting anywhere

but staying in the same place

until he stops

and then does the same thing again.

It sounds like the definition of INSANITY~

"Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

To me it is like wishful thinking~

"If I only try this one thing one more time then it will work".

So then you try it again and still end up in the same place.

Then you look at the hamster wheel and realize that maybe the wheel is the problem.

So you decide to not take a ride,

even though it is the only way that you have always done things.

You are terrified

leaving the familiar to go to the unfamiliar

as you feel you are losing control.

Now what?

GOD gets your attention

because HE is the only way out.

HE says~

FOLLOW ME.

And you are afraid

because you don't know where HE is going to take you,

And then HE says,

TRUST ME.

But how can you TRUST someone you don't know.

And then HE says~

“Forget the former things;

do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing!

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness

and streams in the wasteland" (Isaiah 43:19)

And you so want to go with HIM,

yet you look at your hamster wheel

as it is all you know.

What do you do?

FOLLOW HIM?

TRUST HIM?

And then you look at the hamster wheel again,

remembering how hard you strived to get somewhere

yet always staying in the same place.

And then GOD breaks the silence~

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your GOD, I will strengthen you,

I will help you, I will uphold you with MY righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10).

But you wonder why GOD would pay so much attention to you

when you never paid attention to HIM.

And then you see another one

standing next to HIM

who now speaks~

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)

Oh how HE is speaking to your weary and burdened heart as you crave rest.

What do you have to lose

except the hamster wheel of insanity.

You close your eyes and take the first step.

You open up your eyes and you are blinded by a bright light

that illuminates everything around you.

You experience

THE PEACE that transcends all understanding

that you have never experienced before.

You can't explain it because it is an inner experience

that is happening to you that is supernatural.

And you want more.

So you take another step as you

FOLLOW & TRUST & COME

to the ONE

who always delivers on HIS PROMISES.

You forget about the hamster wheel

because now there is

"NO TURNING BACK"

(listen to the song below)




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