Inspired by a comment from my friend Alice, here are some spiritual insights based on last night’s stuck in the mud experience. If you missed the original post, I will copy its text at the bottom, or you can click on the link for the Who’s The Genius post.
Spiritual Insights (in no particular order)
Follow Me –
- Jesus said quite simply, “Follow Me.”
- The implication in that statement is for Now, not when we get around to it
- Good followers trust their leader
He’s Got a Plan –
- No evaluation on our part is necessary
- Very often the things Jesus calls me to do make precious little sense at the time, but when He speaks and I listen, I find that what seemed so ridiculous to me in the beginning was actually quite the perfect thing to do. (The caveat here is that I must be listening carefully to the voice of Jesus, not just making up stuff in my own head.)
- Going my own way was a complete disaster
- He is ready to take action to get us back on track
- The mud extraction plan wasn’t obvious to me, but all of the necessary elements were already there
Mud Pits Await –
- Challenges and hard times are going to come our way
- We need to navigate carefully through life
- Sometimes we will get stuck
- I never saw the mud pit coming, but it was there all the time, had I simply looked around more carefully
- We need help from others
Scars and Mud Remain –
- Even when the problem is solved, consequences remain, some more costly than others
- Scars are not fun to receive, but the mark left on our bodies – and our hearts – can remind us of lessons we’ve learned
- Challenges can be beneficial if we learn from them
Ever Forward –
- Falling into a mud pit is one thing; choosing to stay there is another issue entirely
- Someone may need to help pull (or even snatch) you out of the mud, but then it is up to you to keep moving forward
- Accept help when you need it, but don’t become entirely dependent on others to do everything for you
- Solid ground is just ahead
- You may have to work to get there
- A deep breath and a step back from the chaos can do wonders for our perspective
- It all looks a little better in the daylight
- Psalm 30:5b NKJV says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Here’s the original “Who’s the Genius?” post:
Tonight the Haywood’s played a little game called “Who’s the Genius?”
When our paths finally converged this afternoon, Jeff and I met at a building where he needed to do an electrical job after the business closed. When he was finished, we planned to do some Christmas shopping for three little girls who have wrapped themselves firmly around our hearts.
As we walked out to leave, Jeff said, “Follow me.” Sure. That sounded simple enough. The parking area behind the building was like a dirt bowling alley – long and very skinny. We had to drive all the way to the far end, turn around, then head back out the way that we had come in. I didn’t quite understand the logic of that, but Jeff said to follow. So I followed. When he reached the back of the lot and made his turn, it occurred to me that my car needs considerably less space to corner than his truck. I went ahead and made my left turn – right into a giant mud pit. I never saw the gaping expanse until the moment I sank into it. I quickly noticed that I was indeed not the first to slide into its soggy depths. This was no consolation. The hole was about a foot deep, black mud was up to my bumper, and I just so happened to be wearing the single most expensive pair of shoes I own. Face palm. Actually several face palms.
I wanted to cry. I wanted to laugh.
Completely unfazed, Jeff went straight to work. He removed a tiny circle from my front bumper (which I never even knew was there), attached a short bar from the jack, then stretched out the chain that he ever so conveniently had in his truck. With a brilliant rooster tail of black mud, he pulled me right out. Christmas (shopping) was saved!
- My husband is an amazing man in both attitude and abilities.
- The car extraction plan my brain feverishly conjured up would surely have ripped the bumper right off the car. And I’d probably still be stuck.
- I am convinced that southern men with pickup trucks secretly long for the day when they can pull out a big ole chain or a set of jumper cables and rescue people like me who accidentally do stupid things at inopportune times.
- Sometimes when you are given directions it is sufficient to follow the general spirit of the instructions. Other times it is imperative to observe the full letter of the law.