-- God speaks to us in many ways. This morning, He spoke to me while
I was watching a simple cartoon.
The scene is a familiar one. The Road Runner raced down the dusty street
at record speed. He screeches to a sudden halt, paints a black tunnel entrance
across a huge rock then jumps behind the closest tumbleweed and waits. The
unsuspecting Coyote follows in heated pursuit and WHAM! He hits the intended
target, slithers down the boulder, pathetically flattened by the impact.
It was at that precise moment that God spoke to me. Yep, His words to me
were, “You’ve been feeling like that lately haven't you?"
My response was, “Yes Lord, You know I have.” (I must admit, I’m
getting better at recognizing those unannounced moments when God speaks!)
What happened next was interesting to say the least.
As the cartoon continued on the television set before me, the curtains in
my subconscious were slowly being drawn back to an altogether different scene.
It was as if I was being transported to a realm of truth that I had never
seen. Instantly, I had full understanding of something that before, I could
never quite grasp. Let me try to explain.
Everything I was seeing was based upon one particular Scripture. It is found
in the book of Galatians chapter 3 verse 24.
Wherefore the law was our school master to bring us unto Christ, that we
might be justified through faith.
Watching that rather humorous scenario on the TV caused me to recall all
the times I had hit a dead-end in my own spiritual walk. It was like walking
through a maze. There were endless twists and turns. I anticipated the next
turn would bring the path to escape, but I would only find a tall, thick,
hedge staring back at me. My only sanity was in knowing that somewhere, there
was a path that will lead me out.
The Holy Spirit was attempting to lead me out of an unending maze of my efforts
to please God. I was performing good deeds, but I had been spinning my wheels.
For a long time, I was going at great speeds only to find myself running into
my own black tunnel … the law. Just like in the scripture, the law was
I had always tried to keep God’s commands, only to end up in my own
heap of failure. I won’t even tell you how many times I went around
the mountain of defeat. All along my Schoolmaster was trying to teach me that
it is impossible to keep His commands with my own strength. No matter how
hard I tried, I would fail.
One day I actually heard Him say to me, "Why don’t you just stop
trying?" What? Me stop trying? That can’t be God’s voice
… and once again, around the mountain I’d go.
Yet in the middle of this new insight … I sadly began to see how much
God must have been grieved as He watched me stubbornly turn away from His
truth. I was determined to run my own course, and felt confident that with
enough resolve, the next time would be different. Not realizing it, I was
leaving Him with no choice. He had to let me go my own way.
That is, until that morning! I woke up and decided to watch a cartoon! God
must have said to Himself, “Today my beloved one will not have to make
that trip! I’m going to reveal to her all that she needs. I will show
her that the answer is to believe that Christ has already done it for her."
It goes on to say in verses 25 & 26:
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a school master. For
we are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Hallelujah! The wonderful gift of faith has finally arrived! I was no longer
in need of such a strict tutor! My graduation was beginning to commence. Even
if it meant receiving my diploma from the “school of hard knocks,”
it was ok because it was definitely the school of higher learning.
Now, if in the future anyone decides to make fun of me for watching cartoons
… I plan on telling them that sometimes God chooses the foolish things
of the world to confound the wise. (1 Corinthians 1:27)
I thought I was wise, but it took a foolish cartoon to remind me that God’s
thoughts are not my thoughts, and His ways are not my ways. (Isaiah 55:8)
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