Friday, January 21, 2011

i don't know what happened...

A few months ago, Mercie was the first child awake at my daughter's house and was in the living room with her mother playing quietly. Megan heard Silas waking up in his room and went to get him out of bed and change his diaper. She said a few minutes later she walked back into the living room and there sat Mercie on the rug. She was surrounded by a puddle of water, had an empty bottle beside her and the lid in her hand. Megan stood there and looked at her and Mercie looked up and said in a sweet voice, "I don't know what happened."

Well, of course Mercie knew what had happened, but she did what we as Christians sometimes do. Deny the truth. The Lord spoke to me through this and reminded me of my own lame excuses that I sometimes offer up to God.

Do we find ourselves sitting in a puddle at times and say to God, "I don't know what happened."? Have we ever gotten into a mess of our own doing but looked up to our Lord and proclaimed that we didn't know how we got there?

Truth of the matter is we can sometimes slide down that slippery slope so fast that we may be surprised where we landed, but in reality we know just what happened. We know just how we wound up sitting in that puddle.

Sin happened. Disobedience happened.

Talkin' the talk and not walkin' the walk happened.

The road to destruction is broad.

"Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)

It's easy to walk that wide road of complacency and sin. We just keep walking and following the crowd - busy in our own little worlds and then one day we look up and realize we aren't where we intended to go.

The narrow way - the one that leadeth unto life - is hard to find. It takes a far different path and we have to purposefully follow it. It may not be easy and it may not always be the road we desire to be on, but when we align ourselves with the Word of God and surrender to His will for our life, we don't walk alone.

God walks that path with us. He gently leads and guides us down paths of righteousness. He lifts us up and carries us over troubled waters. He makes a way for us in the valley and over the mountains. He is always there.

If we adhere to the Word of God and we are obedient to His commands, we are less likely to find ourselves sitting in a puddle unaware of how we got there.

Let's stay in step with our Lord and allow Him to show us the way. Keeping our focus on Him. Keeping our eyes on the path He is making for us. Watching out for the puddles that threaten to pull us in. If we keep holding His hand and walking by His side, our response to "I don't know what happened" will be replaced by "God happened".

"Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day" (Psalm 25:4-5)


Nana's Nuggets said...

WoW! I love the honesty here! Beautifully said! and the Truth will set us Free! To God Be the Glory!

Andrea said...

Beautiful....the heart of a little child!
Big hugs,

~ linda said...

Oh, man! How many puddles have I sat in?! Ouch! Miss Beth. Just right on and a great post. And Mercie's cute face looks like so many of us when we say, "I don't know how it happened" and then grin with such innocence!!

Your words are such truth and ones I strive and pray to live by.
"If we adhere to the Word of God and we are obedient to His commands, we are less likely to find ourselves sitting in a puddle unaware of how we got there."

Praise God for His forgiveness and love. ~ linda

NanaNor's said...

Hi Beth, Loved the illustration of Mercy-how easy and quickly we can find ourselves in the puddle too-but for this we have Jesus-to cover our sin. Not to allow sin to creep in but to run to Him in repentence and seek forgiveness when it happens. I've found myself in that mess more than once, especially when I should have known better-but sweet mercy and grace that saved a wreth like me.
Hugs today.

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Great post, Beth....I'm afraid I've found myself in the puddle, too...but knowing all too well how I got there!


Nana Jul said...

WOW...I wish you knew how my last two weeks had been...but I think you do...I wish you knew How God had used several of the same verses you have used in this post and your Titus 2 post, when He was talking to me..and I wish I hadn't landed in the puddle wallowing...but I did, and somehow..I know He knew I would too..but He was right there with me showing me the way out! Talk about confirmation. That is SO GOD!! Thanks Beth, for speaking truth.
Love ya,

Cathy said...

I just wanted to thank you for stopping by Annabel's blog. You left a comment which led me to yours. I plan to spend more time reading but I wanted to say you have a beautiful family with such precious grandchildren.He has blessed you much. ONce again your prayers for Annabel's journey til she return home is so appreciated.

Loren said...

Oh Beth...such truth in this post.... I have found myself in a puddle far too many times. Ashamed and broken but then God. HE moved. He forgave. He lifted my head and touched my heart and by HIS grace I was restored. So thankful for my redeeming, forgiving, and loving Father!

Bless you my friend! Love you so!

Jeanette Levellie said...

How sweet and innocent. When in the mouth of a babe. In our mouths, not so much.

Thanks for the insights, Beth.

Beth E. said...

A good message, Beth! YOu are so right, we try to act sooo innocent, but God knows the truth and so do we! Thank you so much for this heartfelt post. That Mercie is a little doll! ;-)