I have an addiction. It is very advanced and probably needs addressing. I’m a little ashamed at it, at times- the looks that come my way when others discover the severity of my dependance. Those who come to my house might or might not notice , depending on their lifestyle and if they or someone they know has been similarly addicted. If they are acquainted at all with it will see the evidence in every nook and cranny, affecting nearly every surface.
It might surprise those who do not know me well but after being acquainted with me just a few weeks- you’d know. There’s not really a good way to hide it because I’ve got it bad.
No it’s not a love of angles – I am terrible at math… pictures and more after the break.
http://sp.dictionary.com/dictstatic/d/g/speaker.swf [ang-gluh-fil-ee-uh] Show IPA
–nouna strong admiration or enthusiasm for England, its people, and things English.via Dictionary.com
Ok, so my addiction isn’t exactly “life-threatening” but it does lend itself to a different way of viewing the world.
For instance: when I read psalms like psalm 123 I think of it in British terms. Not so much that I ignore the context of the period or anything- but it does spark some correlative thoughts. Thus- Downton Abbey. (The official summary can be found here.)
At Downton Abbey there are two entirely different worlds: Those who live “Upstairs” and those who live “Downstairs”- the servants. In our current society (especially for Americans) the rigid class structure might seem unfamiliar and alien but for hundreds and thousands of years it was the normal way of life. Some people were born to be servants and they would serve an individual or family their whole life. They would be wholly reliant on their masters for provision of their basic needs and wants- everything was dependent on them.
So it is with us:
1 To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.
Remember that he is a good master- he will provide for your needs, your wants not only for the ‘now’- but he seeks your betterment for the rest of your life. Perhaps this “betterment” will not look like the world might think of it ( fame, fortune, respect) – but it will be conforming you to the image of His Son so that you will be ready for heaven and for the work He has prepared for you on this earth.
Spend some time in prayer discussing this aspect of your relationship with God- ask Him for eyes to see his protection and guidance. Perhaps even thank him for not leaving you to fend for yourself but for providing for you in every way. He will never leave you- His love is steadfast and is the one thing we can always rely on.