“Stop your rutsching,” was an expression I heard frequently while growing up. My mom was from Pennsylvania Mennonite background and even though she didn’t speak the PA Deutsch dialect, she understood it and used a few words in her everyday speech.
To “rutsch” is a verb which doesn’t have a direct English equivalent. It was usually used to refer to a child who couldn’t sit completely still during the Amish or Mennonite worship service. To get the picture, imagine a young child trying to sit still for several hours on a hard wooden bench during a long sermon in Deutsch. Now that’s next to impossible in my mind! LOL!
It looks like this: The child starts out sitting quietly, hands folded in her lap, listening attentively to the preacher’s message until she develops an itch. To avoid a scolding from her mom, she tries not to move. The itch gets worse so the child shifts her weight just a little. Of course, that didn’t relieve the itch, so she shifts their weight again. The itch still gets worse.
“Ive gotta scratch it, but how?” Now her mind is distracted from listening and interested only in the itch. The child keeps wiggling, trying to find a little relief from the itch without scratching. but the itch intensifies until the child is consumed with worry over the itch. Finally she just has to scratch it to get some relief. By this time mom is distracted from listening by the antics of the child and corrects her with a stern, “stop rutsching.”
Today’s verse reminds me of that “rutsching” child. We know we need to sit still and listen to God in our hearts. but those little distractions creep in and start to nag at us for attention. Pretty soon, we can’t hear God’s voice because we are so consumed with the aggravations of life.
Maaybe the best remedy is to stop trying to ignore those little aggravations of life – bring those concerns as trivial as they might be to the Lord and let him work on them so we can stop rutsching and concentrate on knowing God fully. Amen.