My Cole was quite the funny guy.  He loved sports of every variety and could carry on a conversation about it.  But, his mental disabilities made him a contradiction in terms (aren’t we all?).

To the day he died, he absolutely loved Barney the purple dinosaur.

He was always up for one of the silly movies about the golden retrievers–you may remember the most well-known, Air Bud.

If I had a dollar for every time in his almost twenty-two years we heard or sang The Wheels on the Bus, I’d be a rich, rich man.

The wheels on the bus go round and round

                  Round and round, Round and round

                  The wheels on the bus go round and round

                  All ‘round the town.

There are verses about the wipers on the bus going swish, swish, swish. There are verses about the driver, people, and the horn.

Beep, beep, beep anyone?

Those are fond memories for me.

I’d like you to think about the first verse…

The wheels on the bus go round and round.

That is an apt metaphor for the busyness of my life.  Knowing how most of us live I suspect the metaphor works for you too.

Life hardly ever slows down.  Those wheels keep turning because the road keeps coming.

I have my phone set up for silent hours from 9pm to 7:30am.  But even though it may not ding all night long there is usually a long list of emails and texts to deal with as I start my day.

Mondays are usually the worst.  Things pile up over the weekend.  A new set of deadlines approach.  There are fires to be put out.  There is new business to consider.  And heaven knows, there are still things to be done that never got started the week before.

But then, you know that too, don’t you?

The wheels on the bus go round and round…

Life is busy.  If not work, there are more activities in a kid’s life these days than most of us could have ever imagined.

Maybe you’ve heard the old cliché “I’ll slow down when I am dead.”

Yes, the wheels on the bus go round and round.

There have been many times in my life when I was in danger of the wheels falling off. Maybe that describes you even now.

There are two passages I’d like you to remember:

First, Mark 6:30-31, The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

 And then Psalms 46:10, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (NIV11)

 Life is infinitely worth living, but don’t forget to rest, don’t forget to seek Him.

Be still.
Be very still.

Blessings to you and yours.

Les Ferguson,Jr.