Trapped?

January 29, 2019

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? What do our lives look like to the God when we complicate the simple by not following His obvious direction by not looking to Him for answers to our problems? We’re busy living life our way that we don’t hear Him trying to get our attention?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

It’s been said that there are “two types of people: those who simplify the complicated and those that complicate the simple.” This was demonstrated to me the other day when our postal delivery person decided that our mail had to be delivered to the house as opposed to leaving it in the box up on the road. She drove down our driveway and made the handoff. Then she proceeded to backup in front of our garage but misjudged the snow pile bordering the driveway. She backed into that. I pointed her in the direction of the circle drive that would have allowed her to simply drive forward, around and out. But, she didn’t see me. She backed into the snow again and then proceed to get her truck turned around and out. She worked hard at complicating the simple; and, I believe, she succeeded. 

 

What do our lives look like to the God when we complicate the simple by not following His obvious direction by not looking to Him for answers to our problems? We’re busy living life our way that we don’t hear Him trying to get our attention? 

 

Here’s a story: If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top. The ordinary bat that flies around at night can’t take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash. A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler will be there until it dies unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself. (Author unknown.) 

 

In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat and the bee. They struggle about with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that if they look up, they’ll find the answer. God’s message to us is simple. “Deny ourselves and follow Him.” It’s the right way and it’s the best way. But, like that postal person, we often are so focused on the way we think we need to go, that we fail to see the way that God has revealed would be the best way to go. Simplify! 

 

We pray. Dear Lord. There are times—sometimes long, heavy seasons—when we feel stuck. Perhaps we have a dream, but our life circumstances aren’t lining up with our deepest passion. Or maybe, despite our best efforts, our spiritual fervor has stalled out. Or perhaps we want to step out in faith and obedience, but what that step of faith ought to be is anything but clear. Help us Lord to look to you for the answers and not in ourselves. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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