“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1 NLT
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
I know y’all probably find this stuff hard to believe. My husband has trouble believing it and he witnesses it. Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. We went to the city to celebrate. Everything was going as planned. We had steak and frozen yogurt. We went to the store my daughter is working at. That store happens to be “Academy”.
I walked in acting normal, then something happened….I started thinking…that is when the trouble began. I walked back to my daughter’s department. She was swamped! Tomorrow “deer season” opens. You can’t shoot them, you can only use a bow and arrow. Hunters were stacked a mile long! I watched my sweet, feminine, beautiful Biochemist with the 120,000.00 degree work behind the counter for minimum wage, but this isn’t a political blog so enough of that! Plus, I know God is working on this and I am not going to get worked up about it. Now, back to my subject… I could tell she was busy and so I told her I was going to the restroom and would be right back. She gave me a quick nod and off I went in search of it.
I walk in, still in a “normal” mode. As I wash my hands something happens to me! I begin to “see” a picture in my mind developing. I see myself dressed up like a hillbilly, walking like Lucy Ricardo when she had to dress up as a cowboy in a talent contest, with chipmunk teeth and asking a slightly embarrassing question. It seemed like a good idea at the time!! I think I had a reaction to something in that bathroom!!
I walk out. I know my husband is shopping with his gift card I gave him for his birthday! I take my buggy and walk to the “Mens” department. I find a denim shirt. I begin to picture just what I would have to do to look as “country” as I possibly could. As my little joke begins to form in my mind I begin to laugh uncontrollably! Maybe it was the yogurt. I hear something and two men are watching me and whispering. I grab a denim shirt and go around the corner and put it on. It just so happens there were cowboy hats! I put one on backwards because the tag was in the front. I am a blingggg girl! I took off my rings, earrings, bracelets and put them in my purse. I found a mirror and practiced my “faces”. I decide on chipmunk teeth! I tried to find shoes. I wanted camouflage galoshes but they were nowhere to be found. I begin to practice my “walk”! I got it!! I mean it works for “Ed Bassmaster”!
I walk back to “Archery” and decide to practice on a stranger! I see a man deep in thought by the shotgun shells. “HOWDY!” I say in my most Texas drawl! He looks around and then looks again. “Hello” he says uncertainly. “How y’all a doin?” I continue (there is just him there so he probably thought I was really nutty saying “y’all”!) “Fine”, at this point I think he was beginning to think there was really a chance I had come straight out of the “Holler“. I move on and find my husband with my daughter.
As I walk toward my husband of thirty years, he did not recognize me. He thought I was just “some goofy redneck woman”. Those are his words! Then, realization hit him! “This is my WIFE!!!” My daughter turns as red as tail lights on a car coming to a stop! I walk up to her and ask, “Whar is your Benefiber?” She says, “Momma, what are you doing???” I said, “They sent me over here from CVS and I was a figurin’ since this here was a health place y’all would have it. Whar do y’all keep it? You know, that stuff that moves your bowels. You look confused little girl!” Suddenly a man turns around and it is HER BOSS! No wonder she was red!! Well, maybe this will give her more incentive to apply for medical schools on a more regular basis!
Suddenly, I hear roars of laughter! The mile long line I had totally forgotten about figured out what was happening. Unhappy and impatient customers were now happy and entertained! My daughter didn’t appreciate that boost in moral that I gave to these ”tired of waiting” customers. The last words I heard before my husband grabbed my hand and led me to the door were, “Daddy, please get her out of here!! Security is going to tackle her!” I got scared then! Y’all know how I feel about authority figures!
I put up all my “props” and tell my husband that I was going to wear another hat. A hat you would wear in a blizzard if you were stranded in Antarctica! I put it on and stick out my chipmunk teeth. He begins to laugh his silent, I can’t stand up straight laugh. I turned around to find a mirror to see exactly what I looked like. Instead, I see our bank president standing in the aisle staring in shock! I could have crawled through the floor!! Why, why, why do I always get caught doing these things???? I have not seen this man in years. In all of the thousands of people in the city, why oh why, did heeee have to be standing there? Hopefully, since I was incognito, he didn’t recognize me as he rushed his wife away!
Just another normal day in my life! I told y’all I had “weird” things that happen to me!! Yes, my face is red for another week, again!
16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 1 John 2:16 NLT
Have you ever wanted something so badly you would even ignore what God is saying to have it? You know it is wrong for you but your desire within is so strong you do it or set a goal to have it anyway? There are three pitfalls in sin. They are the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life. I love our scripture and how the New Living Translation Bible states it. It is important to keep our eyes upon Jesus, stay grounded in the Word of God, and pray daily letting the Holy Spirit guide us.
When I was a senior in college one of my last courses was “Children’s Literature“. One of the requirements of my professor was to read ten “Newbery Award” books. One of the books I read was “Where the Red Fern Grows“. It was a about a young man who had two hunting dogs who treed raccoons. I won’t go into all of it, but before he was able to get the dogs he would set his own traps and catch raccoons at night. One of the traps he set was a metal object he made that had a hole in the middle with sharp edges. He would then put corn in the middle for the raccoon to grab. When the raccoon grabbed the corn he was trapped! What was unique about the trap is the fact had the raccoon let go of the corn he would have been free and unharmed. He was only caught as long as he held on to the corn. Instead the raccoon wanted the corn so badly it would fight against the metal until he would literally injure himself so badly he would cause his own death! All he had to do was let go of the thing he was holding onto and he would have experienced freedom and would not have been caught in a trap that led to his loss of life. God spoke to me about this years ago. He said that is how we are so many times. We want to hang on to OUR dreams, who WE want to marry, WHAT we want to do knowing it is OUR plan and then we get upset with God when He didn’t MAKE it work out!
God wants us to be truthful with ourselves! He said He desires truth in our innermost man. He desires truth in our hearts and to follow that truth. Beth Moore says, “God’s truth and our own truthfulness will drive us to our desired destination.” When we let go of what is NOT God’s will for our lives, then we will have what is perfect FOR our lives. As long as we are like that raccoon holding on to the wrong things we will only experience upset, frustration, heartache, tears, and a loss of a better destiny! It is not worth it! So many times even though we know deep down inside something isn’t right for us, we will lie to ourselves and almost convince ourselves it is right and God even approves it! I have seen people do things far from God’s will and then say, “Well, I thought God said yes”. What have they done? They were not truthful in the innermost man! When God speaks you won’t use your own reasoning! You will know the voice of the shepherd and follow it! You won’t have to reason anything out, you have HEARD your answer and His sheep know His voice.
God sees all, you only see in part. Believe me, God has something waiting that is so much better than what you had planned, and in the end, wasn’t going to work out anyway. Spare yourself undue heartache. Face truth and ask God to take the “wheel” of your life. He will always lead you to the best you can have and you will look back and say, “Thank God, I didn’t get my way but I got things GOD’S way!!”
Blessings to you, my precious reader! I will see you next time!
And you are full of His glory! May your day radiate with God‘s glory and may you feel and know His glorious presence today! Have a blessed day, my precious reader!!