Numbers and Other Attrocities


To begin with, you must know that I have a deep dislike of numbers and math along with a healthy respect for people who are good in math. Words are my area, and I’d be happy to relegate my interaction with numbers to simply count those words, occasionally glance at a clock, or measure ingredients to make cookies or brownies!

This morning, however, I’ve had to make a handful of telephone calls all concerning our upcoming move (14 days till we drive away in the truck!) and I have numerous numbers swirling around in my head. First, the number I was calling. Then the number I had to leave on the message (as they didn’t pick up)–should I leave my house number or my cell number??? And after giving street numbers, zip codes, house phones numbers, and cell numbers–it all became totally jumbled.

Thankfully, the people I was speaking with had understanding (and easily amused!) hearts. Not only did they persevere through the ordeal, but they also didn’t suggest I call Senior Services for an early evaluation!

The fact that the house is in total disarray doesn’t help too much either. My husband is kindly going through his innumerable file boxes and lightly culling. They are in mid-state–sorted on the trunk and floor. There’s either a box or items ready to go in a box on every surface, and packing materials are everywhere else. This morning, my son thought the chopped cheddar bits on his scrambled eggs were onions; I’d already packed the grater! It’s a skewed life at the moment!

Numbers, little details, and numerous directives remind me of the book of Numbers in the Bible. Can you imagine adhering to all those rules and regulations??? God’s care and concern is definitely evident!

But, as Christians, do you know what’s more important than numbers and details and directives? Do you know what makes everything ok, no matter how many numbers and details and directives tumble around in our heads? Well, that’s not exactly right; it’s not a what. Actually, it’s a WHO!

It’s Jesus. (“I am the way, and the truth, and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6)

It’s His peace. (“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27)

It’s resting in Him. (“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take  my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30)

He is my shepherd–and as He leads me beside packed boxes, He restores my soul. I will fear no numbers, no details, no directives–for He is with me. (Psalm 23)

It’s time to put in a praise cd. It’s time to finish this packing! It’s time to take on the day for His glory!