I rule my mind, which I alone must rule.
I have a kingdom I must rule. At times, it does not seem I am the king at all. It seems to triumph over me, and tell me what to think, and what to do and feel. And yet it has been given me to serve whatever purpose I perceive in it. My mind can only serve. Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit. I thus direct my mind, which I alone can rule. And thus I set it free to do the Will of God.
Father, my mind is open to Your Thoughts, and closed today to every thought but Yours. I rule my mind, and offer it to you. Accept my gift, for it is Yours to me.
It took me five and a half hours to complete a journey Google Maps listed as three hours. One hour from junctions 5-8 on the M5 and a similar time at the M5/M4 junction outside Bristol. By the time I decided to stop at a Service station to stretch my legs, the heavens opened, and I knew I’d either be sitting in the car park till the rain stopped or getting drenched making the dash from the car. By the time I stepped out of my car onto the drive of the Bed and Breakfast I’m staying at, my bottom had lost all feelings, and my joints could have done with some WD40.
After being shown to a room the size of an apartment, I wasted no time heading to the recommended pub for a spot of nosh. It was curry night, so I went of the Caribbean sweet potato, chick pea and spinage which came with wild/white rice, but when it was offered, I went for the half and half. That’s half rice and half chips. A mistake, as the plate was piled so high I had to leave most of the rice, a few chips, and bits of the side salad. Nothing was left, however, of the large glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and I was feeling very light of step as I weaved my way back to the house.
What’s all this got to do with the lesson? Not a lot really. The challenge of the lesson was to accept the journey and to use my mind to give it my own meaning. I told myself every 30 minutes over the allotted 3 hours, that there was a good reason why I had to arrive at 6.30 instead of 4 p.m. I ruled my mind, and told it what to think.
I also learned that if you ask the satnav to take you a route that does not go through a toll road, it will take you 40 miles outside of the toll road.