Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife ~ I Am Resting, Part 4
Mark 6:31 "And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat."
There is saying in Texas and other states that people coming from other places have a hard time understanding. Since I speak fluent "Texas twang" - after all, it is my native language, I totally "get it" and have a clear understanding of what is meant by it.
The phrase is "fixing to ______." A few examples of usage may include: "I'm fixing to fix lunch." "I'm fixing to to go to the store." "I'm fixing to watch TV."
I have a friend born and raised way up north. When I would use that very-common-to-me phrase, she always would ask "What's broken?" In spite of the fact she was making fun of me, she was way closer to the true meaning than she realized!
When the setters moved south and west they had to not only live off the land, but they also had to make do with what they had. You see, there were no stores, no super stores, no malls, no online shopping, no phones, no delivery services, no credit card sells, no modern things we have and know so well today. Actually, the items needed for daily living would wear out or break. For example, the harness for the animal pulling the plow might break.
They had to plow if they were going to eat in coming months. And, plowing couldn't wait; it had to be done during plowing season. Only choice: fix it!
It didn't take long before many items were wearing out or breaking. The settlers became experts at making do with what they had and repairing the same. Yhey had no other choice.
Thus, someone would say "I'm fixing to plow." Translation: "I must repair whatever needs repairing so I can do what must be done to survive."
This brings me to some strange sounding verses in Hebrews. Hebrews 4:8-11 "For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
(Be sure to watch for part 5...)
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth