Before I start on this post, I would again like to ask anyone reading this to be sure to see my post on the 6th. I have carried some things with me for some time, (as in almost 15 years) and after a chat with someone recently I opened up some and in the process opened some emotional wounds. I feel the need to open more and I hope it will be a blessing for me to do so, I think it is time to let some things out, to purge them and let Christ heal that part of me. Hopefully someone else will receive a blessing as well.
now, for the planned post.
I remember going to a carnival when I was young, my brother, dad and I were going to give the shooting gallery a go. My brother and I had BB guns and weren’t bad shots, but we were both trying to hit the one target that was for the big prize. The GINORMOUS stuffed animal. Well, I have no doubt that we hit it, I heard the pellets ping on the target. I am certain my brother did too. But, we used up all our shots and nope, target wouldn’t go over. Then, my dad took a turn, but he didn’t aim for the same target, he was aiming at the smaller ones. One, by one, he knocked them over, got his prize, then went again. Well, what my brother and I failed to realize was if you got enough small prizes, you could trade them for the big prize. One lesson of that day was sometimes less is more. But, another thought for another day with that. When we were leaving the shooting gallery my brother made a comment about how we both shot and hit the one target but it wouldn’t go down. Then, my dad in his way said, “Well boys, it’s not good enough to hit the target, you have to hit the right one.” Of course, at the time, the real lesson from those words went far over my head and was pretty much forgotten as we ran towards the ferris wheel. Which, I was excited to ride, until it started to move at which point I remembered way, I HATE FERRIS WHEELS. Which, if I am not careful will be another lesson He is trying to teach me.
I forgot about that carnival, the shooting gallery, the ferris wheel then a while back, I was working on a the car, focused on the one part that needed replaced, a headlight, however, I couldn’t get that done without removing a couple other pieces first. Well, being stubborn, since I could see the light fixture I had to try to change the bulb without taking the other parts off to get them out of the way. I struggled with it for 40 or 50 minutes, scratched my hand several times in the process and finally gave up, did a quick google search, found the right way to do it and went back to give it another go. I took off the parts I needed to remove, changed the bulb, put the other parts back on and all was fine, in less than 15 minutes. I had to shake my head at myself, thought about how focused I was on that one thing and I didn’t want to consider other options, other approaches, other targets if you will.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Psalms 27:8
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Luke 12:31
Now, these actually speak to the big target, and, while I said we need to pick the right target, I think for me, in the pursuit of the big target, the ultimate goal, I need to, like with the headlight, remove some parts to make the job easier.
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. Proverbs 4:27
Now, the evil could be anything, any sin, any behavior that keeps me from living right for Christ. I have a lot of removing to do.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:12
Honestly, I did not intend the last scripture to be about light, seeing as I had talked about the headlight but, that’s how He sometimes helps me tie things together. Yes, I need to focus on the goal, the big target, THE BIG PRIZE. But, I need to take care of things that are in the way, knock over the little targets, take off the parts that are in the way, remove things that keep me from what Christ and I both want for me.
Jesus, I thank you for the lessons you are teaching me. Simple, easy for me to understand and relate to from life experiences. I praise you for all you are to me, and everyone else that will seek you. I ask you give me the understanding of the things that I need to focus on, to correct or remove from my life so I can better serve you. I continue to ask you to speak to the hearts of my family, friends, loved ones and others so that you may draw them to you. Thank you for all your blessings and mercy.
Once again, I thank anyone who is able to make it through my rambling. As I have said, I do this to help me understand what I must do to live the way Jesus wishes me to live. And, with the hope, by using this blog He uses me to help someone out there that may have similar issues, questions or problems. I hope anyone reading knows He is but a few words away. One must only surrender all the worries and cares, the problems, the pain to Him and to ask Jesus to forgive us. Recognize that He is our Savior.