So I was walking my little white Lhasa the other day when I stopped and spoke to our friendly neighbor who keeps an eye on our house while we are away. He was cleaning out his garage and I asked him how it was going? He sighed and told me this terribly sad story:
“aah, not so good Ellie.” he sad sadly shaking his head, “I was cleaning out the front of my garage yesterday when I placed a pan of gasoline on the driveway. A little dog came up and started drinking it before I could stop him. He then started acting berserk, going round and round as fast as can be. Then he suddenly stopped dead in his tracks and keeled over.”
Well, being a tender-hearted person, I teared up and asked, “Oh how sad! . . . he died?”
“Nope, he just ran out of gas.”
EEEER!!! I couldn’t believe I fell for that old joke! Reminder to self: Jesus did say, “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.” (Mark 12:31)
Well, as I continued along my path, I focused my thoughts on God as I usually do and came up with a Spiritual principle I can derive even from THIS illustration.
How many of you have seen brand new Christians get excitedly “gassed up” on the Word of God? They are ON FIRE for the Lord! They remind me of a pendulum which wildly sways from one side to the other. I am so happy they found the Lord but I am also apprehensive. For I have seen what happens next over and over again. When the first challenge comes, they run out of gas. They shake their fist at God and wonder how He could treat them so badly? They turn away before anchoring themselves to the Word of God.
God never guarantees smooth sailing as a Christian. In fact, Christ declared just the opposite.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
As a Christian, be prepared for conflict and discouragement. Be secured in the Word. A Spiritual walk over a lifetime usually consists of many steps forward and one or two steps back. The important aspect of this is to continue growing and moving forward because our Lord’s welcoming arms are outstretched, waiting for us. God doesn’t change his mind. He is constant. He will never disown us, even when we rebel or do something incredibly foolish like return to our old, degrading habits.
As I continued along, another thought crossed my mind regarding the above illustration; that of a link between spirituality and health. How many health-seekers start out fanatically gung-ho and suddenly after three weeks run out of gas?! They had declared they had found the perfect diet plan! “This one says I can lose 26 pounds in two weeks! All I have to do is give up all carbs and run ten miles each day.”
How realistic is that? Not very if you have read my past blogs.
They profess to all how wonderful this complicated but beneficial new plan is. They want everyone to try it because after all, it’s truth! . . . until it isn’t. It worked for this celebrity, why didn’t it work for me? It simply turns out to be another diet guru’s false plan.
Real change starts from within and is grounded in factual, Absolute Truth. Remember to keep yourself anchored to the Word of God and He will direct your paths.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6