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KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 likens the lyrics of rock song, “Take it Easy,” to the words of Psalm 23:1-3, reminding us to slow down and remember that the answer to finding rest is the Lord.

Weekly devotional: Take it easy

April 29, 2022

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
ʻO Iēhova koʻu Kahu hipa; ʻAʻole oʻu mea e nele ai. Nāna nō wau i hoʻomoe iho ma nā ʻāina uliuli: Ua alakaʻi ʻo ia iaʻu ma kapa wailana mālie. Ke hoʻāla mai nei ʻo ia i koʻu ʻuhane: Ke alakaʻi nei nō ʻo ia iaʻu ma nā ala maikaʻi no kona inoa. – Nā Halelū 23:1-3

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. – Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

He manaʻo o ke kahu
Our hectic paced world seems to keep getting busier and busier. We’ve got activity after activity coming at us. Part of the source of that busyness is us. Sometimes we feel that we must keep busy, that we will feel guilty if we are idle, and so, we add more things to the list. One of my go-to Pandora radio stations is the Eagles. Their music takes me back to a simpler time and may even help us to find a way to slow us down. One of their hit songs is, “Take it Easy.”

Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy

Did you catch the second line? Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. We crave that busyness, but at what price? The Psalmist gives us the answer to finding rest – it’s in the Lord. He knows that we are being overwhelmed and are on the verge of a breakdown. To prevent that from happening, he brings us to that place where we can be refreshed. Note how the NIV translates verse 2, “He MAKES me lie down in green pastures.” He knew that if we were left on our own, we’d be all over the place. Instead, he brings us to a place of comfort and MAKES us take time out. Just as a mākua does for a keiki running on fumes, and doesn’t know when to stop, an akamai mākua MAKES the keiki stop and rest. Such is the aloha of ke Akua. For educators, we are about to enter the final month of school. Activities are lining up and we will soon be in hyper mode (if we are not there yet). “Lighten up while you still can,” and get that breather in. Seek the green pastures where rest awaits. Take it easy.

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