Crick in My Neck

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Crick in My Neck


I am truly enjoying my new office. One of the biggest enjoyments is being able to look outside through the double glass doors. Many have asked why I have them in my office, so I explain that when a new sanctuary, Phase 2, is built, my office will become a hallway to the new building and there will be a new office for me in the music suite that will be included in it. Until then, the doors serve as a big window. However, there are times when people treat it as a hallway now and will simply walk through to get out on that side of the building, but it’s mainly just workers as they are still finishing some final tasks. Most of the time, it is simply my office space with a lot of natural light.


My desk is set so that when I am on my computer the glass doors are to my right. I have found that I will turn my head to look out through the glass as I am thinking and typing, much as I am doing right now. For some reason I find that seeing the grass and trees and sky helps me collect my thoughts. I don’t really focus on any one thing, but just gaze into the scenery. After typing several different things through the day such as articles, Bible studies, and devotions, I start to feel a catch in my neck. Realizing this, I will then turn my head all the way to the left and look at an empty wall. The color is very nice, but it doesn’t give me the inspiration that God’s creation does. Yet, it does help relieve the catch on the right side, keeping me from getting a crick in my neck there. 


Many things can inspire me in my writing, but I find simply looking out thru the glass doors is very relaxing and helpful. I didn’t realize I was doing that until I noticed I had a catch in my neck after being in this office for a couple of weeks. I thought about moving my desk so that I would just face that way, but then my back would be to the main door and that wouldn’t work. So, I have decided to keep it like it is and just make sure I switch to the left enough times through the day.


We all need inspiration at times in the things we do. Music may inspire you. Reading may inspire you. Seeing someone else’s creativity may inspire you. No matter what we are listening to or looking at for inspiration, as long as we are aware of Who is the greatest inspirer in all of it, we can find what needs to be written, said, or done. When we are trying to accomplish or create something, the Creator is the best place to go. This entire universe and everything in it is His design. It is His creativeness. There is no one that can do better. When we need help, when we need direction, it is always best to look to Him as we seek for guidance and inspiration. It may take some time and it may take some work, but in His time, He will finally give you the inspiration you need. That’s one of the most wonderful things about God. When you seek Him, He can be found. In Jeremiah 29:12-14a He says, “’You will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” The God of the universe loves us so much that He gave us His Son to die for our sins so that we could have a relationship with Him. And He cares for us so much that He will reveal Himself to us when we seek Him. And as He reveals Himself, He reveals His wisdom and His ways to us and for us.


My neck is feeling that catch again, so I need to turn to the left. I will still look to the Lord and seek what He wants to share through me no matter which way my head faces. But, if I have to keep looking to my right, a crick in my neck is not so bad.


Bro. Paul Reed


Tuesday, August 16, 2022