Monthly Archives: March 2011

Walled In

At the beginning of the movie Labyrinth the main character, Sarah, has to rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King lest the baby be turned into a goblin.  In order to rescue her brother she has to successfully navigate a very complicated, confusing, ever-changing maze.  At her first encounter with the maze, both directions seemed to have no end.  As she walked and walked, the maze kept going and going.  She had to yield to the fact that she could not figure the maze out on her own.  In short, she needed help.

Life is like that maze.  Wrong turns, confusing passages, trickery, and dead ends.  Out of all of the things that can happen in life, dead ends are the hardest to do anything about.  When I reach a dead end, there is no where to go.  I suppose I could go backward, but what would that get me?  I can’t go forward because the wall is too high to scale and too thick to get through.  I could just camp out there waiting for the wall to crumble on it’s own.

I’m sorry, but those situations just aren’t what I want.  I want to move forward, but I can’t do that on my own.  I need someone to come along and destroy this wall so I can move on.  During a recent bible study with my life group, we were discussing Colossians 3:1-17.  We were talking about how to deal with sin in our lives, how to live life according to God’s plan.  I got an image of a walled-in maze.  God made it clear that in order to move forward, the wall needed to be destroyed.  And, He was the only on that could do anything about that wall.

Lord, I pray that you would destroy the wall in front of me.  Please, BLOW IT UP!  Amen.

Are you facing a wall right now that you need God to destroy?

Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver

Proverbs 25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.

Proverbs 25:12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

 

Everyone should have someone in their  life that is a truth-speaker.  A wise truth-speaker.  Anyone can point out the bad stuff in our humanity, but a wise truth-speaker will bring life.  Truth spoken is like a fresh breeze flowing into the dark, dank corners of the mind and spirit.  Conversely, truth spoken can bring death to that which should be dead.

To be sure, truth spoken can be difficult to hear, particularly when we cannot admit to ourselves our wrong-doings.  We want to hate the truth-speaker for bringing light into the dark caves in our lives.  Light exposes the pile of dry bones, the festering wounds on our flesh, the seriousness of our defeat.  We feel embarrassed, ashamed, and sometimes, attached to the pain in our lives.  We don’t want to let go.

But God in His great mercy doesn’t leave us at the mercy of our flesh.  He sends us people that will lovingly uncover the wounds in our life.  Exposing a wound can be painful.  But once uncovered healing water, light, air, and salve can be applied.  Healing and wholeness can begin.

 

Do you have a truth-speaker in your life?

How does this person bring light into your life?