Something Better

18 10 2015

Today I don’t have a regular posting for “Traveling the Rock Road” for three reasons. As we all know life can overwhelm us Rock _nat times not allowing for the things we want to accomplish. Besides physical restraints on my time it’s also been a week where emotions have been strained, and that can leave us more exhausted than physical distress. Then there’s the fact that the story I was working on just wouldn’t come together as I had hoped. I knew what I wanted to say, but there seemed to be something missing and trying to force the words to come only makes it worse. Perhaps it’s God’s way of saying that’s not what I want you to write about this time. Maybe, maybe not, but I’ve learned at moments like this it’s best to back away and start fresh later. I hope you’ll understand.

What I’d like to do is leave you with a small story from one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado. On several occasions I’ve gone back and reread his words and they just seem to put things back in their proper perspective, at least for this man. Perhaps they will for you also.

“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.

Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.

God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.” ― Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus

Blessings to all you Awesome people!

See ya next time.


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