This cartoon is the story of my life! I keep my house pretty tidy, but I’m not a fan of actual dedicated cleaning for long periods of time. My husband is always joking that we need to have company over more often to rid the house of dust-bunnies and paw prints. I just try to inform unexpected guests that I’m growing people the old fashioned way – from dust.
So, as I was sitting here looking at this cartoon for the second time, I started to see how this can be compared to our spiritual lives as well.
1. How many times in the Bible did God command people to “go” and did not give a list of details? Often, God told His people where He wanted them, but made them rely upon Him for each step. The key is obedience not information. As humans, we usually want to know “why, when, where, how, etc.” However, God doesn’t owe that to us. Many times, I don’t think we would understand it anyhow. Think about explaining vaccinations to a toddler. The needle will never look like the “right” option to a three year old, no matter what you say. (I understand that not everyone supports vaccinations, but you get the idea.)
As I’m always saying, we just need to do the next right thing!
2. If we never had opposition or trials, most of us would never veer off-course or take any risks. Sometimes, God has to stir up the cobwebs in our lives to make us “itchy” enough to start cleaning. Change always comes from being uncomfortable in our current situation.
“Our comfort zone is a great place to miss the will of God.” – Dr. David Jeremiah
3. If we never experienced pain and heartbreak, we would never know the depth of the faithfulness, grace, peace and love of our Heavenly Father. When was the last time that God “let you down?” Be careful. I’m not talking about a failure to fulfill our wants and desires. I’m talking about failure to come through on a clear-cut promise that He has made. Going through the valleys of life will keep us focused on Him. It will force us to learn about Him and to know Him. Think about the children of Israel, when they were being plagued by serpents. After Moses begged God for deliverance, God chose not to remove the snakes. Rather, He had them focus on a picture of Himself for salvation from death. (Numbers 21) Even though God has the power to “fix” anything we may face, it doesn’t mean that He will do so. Sometimes, he chooses to fix us instead and to change our focus.
Don’t trust in your circumstances, or in your own wisdom in regards to your circumstances. Trust in God. Remember His promises and just “GO!”
Psalm 103 (KJV)
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
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