“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

In the Zone

 by Macy Johnson

“That everyone may eat and drink,

and find satisfaction in all his toil –

this is the gift of God.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:13 NIV)


I get lost in time and space when I write. I seem to float into a new dimension, a time warp. It is a peaceful, hopeful place where everything seems to relax. When something jars my attention and brings me back into the present, I am surprised at how much time has passed. I think this is what happens when we enjoy life in our “sweet spot,” in the center of God’s will. He allows time to stand still for us, all fears and worries gone, so we can delight in being in His presence.


I have a friend who plays pickleball. Several friends play golf, dominoes, and bridge. Others prefer to serve in the Boys and Girls Club, or the local thrift store. A very special comrade, who has been a church musician most of her lifetime, lights up when we discuss musical selections. Each of our gifts complements the gifts of others. Altogether they become a mouthwatering montage: delicious, heavenly manna to satisfy everyone around us.


A friend suggested we meet for lunch one day. I was ready a few minutes early, so I sat at the piano to play through music for Sunday’s worship service. When I finally looked at my watch, I realized I would be late! She didn’t mind. Good friends allow me to get lost in the zone sometimes.


When life presses in and squeezes, I take a breath, relax, and invite Jesus into the zone with me. I know He will lead me where He wants me to serve - all for His glory.


I will thank God for the wonderful gift of life, with its many, multifaceted, diversified zones. I hope you will, too!

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