Sock drawer


What does that mean to you? Do you even have one?

Right now those two words are really important to me. A lifeline. I yell “Sock Drawer” very loudly right now. My lifeline:

A battered ribcage from a fall. Ten days ago. A bone that is melding back to one. Battered muscles still doing what muscles do. The stab of pain from a random movement, a sneeze, a cough – ache to agony in a millisecond. “Sock Drawer!”

RELAX, PAUL! NOW! RIGHT NOW, PAUL: RELAX!

(I could tell you why “sock drawer” – but the logic is illogical!)

We all do it I think. Talk to ourselves.

”After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. John 17:1-5

For many years – when I read of Jesus talking to God – I have been distracted by “God talking to God – what’s that about?” Why did Jesus spend so much time praying to God when He is “God”? Then the “Trinity” stuff kicks in and I muse: three in one and one in three – what’s that all about? I have been taught it works, it is okay, it is right. I have my own pictures to explain it to me. Pictures of water ice steam. That kind of thing. I have to believe – because we all say it is so. Head knowledge – yes. But complete acceptance in every fibre – no.

Until “sock drawer”:

Sock drawer!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on Paul, you know relaxing works. Sock drawer sock drawer sock drawer!!!!!!!! Ignore the pain – hold that thought: relax. Feel the edge – not so jagged? Feel the dagger not digging? Coming down again – coming down again – feel it smoothing again. Walk it off, Paul, walk it off. Back to groans, back to ouch, back to bearable. The ache is coming, feel it? Keep relaxing, Paul. Just a little more – keep walking – a few more seconds …

Paul talking to Paul?

I don’t care. It just “is”. And it works. So analyse that all you want. It works for me without any understanding. Pierces the pain of that moment and triggers the knowledge that relaxing if the fastest way to ache again. Paul talking to Paul.

God talking to God?

These past ten days my head and heart are as one. “Sock drawer” has given me complete acceptance. God just “is” three in one and one in three. I no longer need “understanding”. I have moved past “understanding” to “being”.

God talking to God?

My final word on the matter is “sock drawer”

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18 thoughts on “Sock drawer

  1. Sock Drawer 4ever! 🙂 Sorry to hear about the rib… Been there, done that… Hurts to laugh, or cough, or sneeze, or sleep, or breathe! Glad yer on the mend. Sock Drawer!

    Grace — LM

    • Hi LM – oh yes – all of those and more! 🙂

      Thank you – and I would not have mentioned it here other than a profound “moving beyond” with the “three in one and one in three” stuff. reading that passage this morning was almost like: “You want to really get this one off your list and focus on the good stuff, Paul? That’s why ten days ago.” Now that is just my take this morning right now. There has been other stuff – good stuff. But – surprise surprise? – I have a “prayer closet” overflowing with stuff that never gets mentioned here. 🙂

      And the odd thing? That “God of my Universe” is linked in there as well. Relationship and choices. Relationship and “bad stuff” happening. Relationship and relationship. Connection and relationship. One-ness and love. That kind of thing (or is that the pain killers?). 🙂

  2. I’m so sorry for your pain and mending……may it be quick….. 🙂
    Talking to yourself – heck yeah. I do it all the time…….. and in Psalms: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; got I shall again praise him……….” Psalm 42
    We’re up there with the best of them 🙂
    Feel better, Friend.
    cate

  3. Ditto, Paul on all the comments above for your quick recovery. Your post reminds me of the saying by the Musketeers…kinda….”All for one and one for All!” and I’m not even on any pain meds…lol. We have such human minds we can hardly wrap our heads around the idea of God as three persons but it all makes sense when it comes down to it. Logic? That has to be tossed out the window so that trust can take over. And that sock drawer…I have one or two…from now on I will think of your post whenever I have to plunder through it to find a match…. Love, peace, and healing ~ Dale

    • Hiya Dale – and thank you!!

      Just tried an electric massager – and thinking it just might be a tad too early for making everything rumble internally – ouch!! 🙂

      “We have such human minds …” what a gorgeous description of that finely tuned grey matter we think can overcome any obstacle! Yet … somehow it can and does – one day at a time (and the logic has gone for a flyer – trust firmly in place!).

      Thank you ((hugs))

  4. Sock drawer theology. Brilliant! I bruised three of my ribs in a car accident years ago. Very painful, especially, since you still have to breathe! Praying for quick recovery. Until then, declare unto thy soul, SOCK DRAWER! 🙂

  5. Oooh, OW! So sorry. Praying for a feeling pillowy padding inside. Now stop jostling around.
    Yeah, the connections come in different ways.I catch myself talking to myself because I am unaware I’m doing it. (C’mon, Susan, you know that word. Don’t try so hard, it’ll come to you. Oh – was I saying that out loud?) :-/
    Lookin’ forward to tomorrow.

  6. Praying for your speedy recovery!!! And God talking to God?? Mind-boggling… the Trinity- the greatest mystery! I always come back to Isaiah 55:8-9…His ways, His thoughts are higher than mine. The more I learn, the more I understand that I’ll never fully understand it all!

  7. Hey Paul

    Get better soon! Broken ribs are the worst. Can’t do a thing.

    I did get my hopes up though, thought you were gonna explain the Trinity for me..sigh.

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