Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sticky Messes

A few months back I made some delicious cookies.

Peanut Butter Milky Way cookies.


As I rolled the cookies out and placed them on the pan, they looked so innocent.. So I placed them in the hot oven to cook. The heat not only cooked them but the gooey Milky Way middles oozed out on the pan and seemed to turn to glue when I tried to remove them.

I really wished that I had either sprayed the pan with Pam or lined it with aluminum foil so that I wouldn’t have this sticky mess to clean up.

It didn’t take me long to see the little lesson that my loving Lord taught me. Can you see one?

So, what sticky situations do we get into because we don’t prepare our day with prayer and don’t line our lives with consistent Bible Study? Is the 'mess' worth the time we 'gained' because we didn't sit with God this morning?

Romans 9:30-33 (The Message) How can we sum this up? All those people who didn't seem interested in what God was doing actually embraced what God was doing as he straightened out their lives.

And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. How could they miss it? Because instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their "God projects" that they didn't notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. And so they stumbled into him and went sprawling. Isaiah (again!) gives us the metaphor for pulling this together:

Careful! I've put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion,
a stone you can't get around.
But the stone is me! If you're looking for me,
you'll find me on the way, not in the way.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

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