SUMMER CONNECTIONS: Too Many Eggs in the Basket

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6 NIV)

Recently I heard an old quote, the one about “too many eggs in a basket.” This expression allows me to imagine the piling up of fragile eggs until the amount and the weight cause some eggs to break. This word picture describes my tendency to keep adding to my life, piling up more stuff, quite forgetting that something eventually, is going to break.

Sometimes I think I no longer lead myown life. I am dragged along by events and race against the clock. The basket is full and even God can’t find room. To borrow the Apostle Paul’s words, I have become a “tinkling cymbal” (1 Cor 13:1). What I need is to wait before God—-to listen to God until he renews my thoughts and restores my soul. I have found that silence before God forces me to dig deep inside myself and connects me with him. Sometimes the cymbals stop clanging and I hear God’s still quiet voice.


Waiting for and listening to God takes time, and I don’t want my time with God to be the “broken egg”. I am determined to take some eggs out of the basket to wait before God. May I ask if your waiting or listening time with God is broken? Time with God is most valuable. If we do not wait and listen, we cannot even begin to know our God, to live soulfully, and to help others.

Prayer: May my soul be a waiting one this week.

Reading: All of Psalm 130

The Songs of Ascents–Psalms 120-134 are a collection of short Psalms—why not read a few or all of them this week.

Recommended reading: Eugene H. Peterson. The Journey: A Guide Book for the Pilgrim Life.

Contributed by Daryl Ginter


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