And you know what?
My curiosity resulted in me bolting down the hallway of the pediatric orthodontist’s office earlier this afternoon.
I’ll tell you what happened.
I had taken our youngest daughter Kaiah to have her braces checked and adjusted. After the routine appointment was over, we rode down to the main floor on the elevator.
While inside, the two of us were casually shooting the breeze, goofing off, you know, nothing serious.
Then I noticed what appeared to be a big piece of wood sitting just above the elevator door off to the right. It seemed strange and out of place.
I gazed at it for a moment and then asked Kaiah, “Do you see that big thing up there?”
Initially, she didn’t noticed anything odd, so I pointed it out and said, “Right there. Look. What do you think that is?”
“I don’t know,” she replied, sizing it up.
“Does it look like a piece of wood to you too?” I queried.
She shrugged. “Um, sort of I guess.”
The elevator door opened, but I didn’t walk out immediately. I was too deep into my investigation no one asked me to conduct.
“I bet if I tap on the wall here, if that isn’t a stick, whatever it is will probably start flying around,” I said.
Not even five seconds later, I hit below it with an open palm, using enough force to shake it up a bit. I figured, I may as well satisfy my curiosity.
Thump! Thump! Thump!
Almost instantly, that thing that had so closely resembled an inanimate object, spread its wings and flew around erratically.
It was huge!
As if being chased by an evil assailant, both Kaiah and I went tearing down the hall at breakneck speed. We rushed out the door and didn’t look back.
Once outside in the lot, I rested my hands on my knees, tried to catch my breath and simultaneously laughed until tears came out of my eyes.
She was pretty tickled about it too, though not quite as winded.
I didn’t even know Kaiah could move that fast. You should have seen her go. And me? I couldn’t believe my own reaction.
I tend to be pretty composed around bugs. If centipedes, bumblebees, spiders, moths or some other creepy crawlers get into the house, I don’t freak out too much, even though I might feel a bit uncomfortable.
I at least play it cool for the children.
The last time I really lost my composure was a few years ago when our oldest son Kedar began screaming at about two o’clock in the morning.
“Mommy! It’s a bird!” he yelled out.
Sleepy cobwebs clouded my clarity of thought as I stumbled out of bed to go and see what all the commotion was about.
Oh, but I got real clear, real quick when the wild winged creature came zig-zagging toward me.
I lost it!
I grabbed a pillow as a shield, covered my face and hopped as if the floor were made of hot coals. I still can’t figure out why I was dancing. Fear will make you do strange things.
But anyway, I was doing my blind terror-jig and guess who was sleeping peacefully through all of this?
My husband Kenya.
Finally, he heard me yelling his name.
Between screeches, I managed to utter four words: “A bird! Get it!”
To make a long story short, we later discovered that the bird was actually a bat.
It had gotten in through a third-level trap door we forgot to close.
After that incident, all the Hobbs children took turns mimicking and mocking my hysterics.
This afternoon, I added yet another chapter to my fail-to-keep-my-cool chronicles.
Served me right for messing with that bug that was minding its own business in that elevator, huh? Shame on me for disturbing it and then being terrified of the critter I awakened out of its restful state.
Had I just left it alone, I would have been alright.
And with Mr. Bat, had we just closed that trap door, it would have never gotten in.
There are some predicaments that we cause and then freak out about the results later.
Let the church say “Amen.”
Whether our curiosity, irresponsibility, or poor judgment landed us in a position we were itching to get out of, no matter the cause, the results were totally undesirable.
Have you ever ended up deep in the muck and mire of life when you went off on your own, without consulting God?
Bad relationships, debt, stress, overwhelm and other issues can often be linked to personal choices we have made.
Our need to know, be in control, branch out, quench our thirst for more, or our simple refusal to wait for God’s perfect timing, drags us down a path toward nothing good.
Friend, it’s no fun nursing self-inflicted wounds or running away from predatory monsters we created. When we fail to let God go before us, we start “playing God” and building our very own Frankensteins.
Then we are terrorized by what we created.
I remember my father used to always tell me, “If you make your bed hard, you have to lay in it.”
It’s a terrible place to be.
I don’t know about you, but I have, in the past, been down rocky roads in life fueled by my own desires and not God’s will, that I vowed never to tread again.
The point is, you and I need the power of the Lord guiding, covering and anointing us in order to effectively navigate life.
Without Him, we will get eaten alive in this dog-eat-dog world.
After all, we are wrestling an unseen enemy. The word of God tells us we are not coming against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). This is a spiritual battle we’re in on a daily basis.
To do our own thing is to go out on the front lines of battle with no armor and no shield from the enemy’s fiery darts.
It makes me think about when some of the Jews went around trying to cast out demons, without any real power. Acts 19:13-16 says the man with the evil spirit gave the seven sons of a Jewish High Priest named Sceva a mean beating. That demonic force terrorized them and sent them out naked, and wounded.
We don’t have any power of our own. We need the Lord.
There’s an old song that the seasoned saints used to sing that says, “Take the Lord ‘long with you everywhere you go.”
When He’s with you, you can confidently own Psalm 27:1-3 NIV, which is what I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration. It says this:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devourme, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be reminded that God is your protector, sustainer, and mighty conquering warrior. When He goes before you, you have no need to fear anything.
When you take the Lord along with you everywhere you go, you will be blessed, productive and shielded from the enemy’s vicious assaults.
Furthermore, when He is at the center of everything, you can avoid foolish blunders that make life unnecessarily difficult.
From this day forward, make doubly sure that you are inviting the Father into all your affairs. Don’t make any moves without His leading.
Don’t get in a hurry and stir up trouble for yourself.
Do what Proverbs 3:6 says and acknowledge God in all your ways and He will direct your path.
Now let’s pray.
God, I haven’t always invited You into my decisions. There have been times when I allowed my own desires, ambitions and ideas to lead me, which led to a mess. I don’t want to make the same mistakes again. So today, I ask for Your guidance. Wherever You lead me, I will follow. And when I am unsure, I will patiently wait for Your direction, because I know You will lead me along the right path. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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