Choose Your Rut Well

Though this is written in the present tense, my husband has since passed away.

Choose my rut well? You may perhaps think this is another read about the rut. Not this time. It’s about the choice. There are those who sometimes ask me how my ninety-four year old husband is doing. I often reply, “He is still able to make his own choices.” Is he still active -walking the railroad bed picking up spikes and making them into beautiful trophies of bygone days, chrome plating, brass plating, even gold plating, or is he making attachment accessories to fit a hand-held polishing tool? No. But still, in his alert mind, he’s creating new workable tools, composing poetry, interacting with frequent visitors, sharing tid-bits of acquired wisdom and grace, and practicing contentment with a kind and loving spirit (a wonderful choice which benefits him and all those in his presence). The part of him which enables him to make a choice is not broken, for that we are very thankful.

We can make choices with wisdom, just for the asking. While we are blessed with the ability to “think,” may wisdom temper our choices to fit well with “the plans God has for us.” We know His first choice for each of us, before He created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is therein, is that we “know Him” intimately, personally and obediently. We profit if we do that. Just as the Earth, stars, moon and sun obey, and we benefit from that order, our wise choices bless us personally as well as those around us. Consider the lilies, they don’t toil or spin, yet they are clothed. Consider the sparrow, not one falls without the Father seeing and knowing. Consider the ants.

When you were born, you cried, and your world rejoiced. Live in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.


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