I’m sitting in the car.
It’s freezing outside.
I’m on a hilltop, parked outside a gate.
I’ve backed up to the gate
because mama always said,
“Always think of the getting out,
before you think of the getting in.”
My son is feeding a friend’s animals.
I am waiting for him.
It’s been ten minutes.
I keep looking back in my rear view mirror.
At what point should I get out and go see what’s going on?
Macabre scenes are running through my mind.
I banish them.
Then I catch sight of this scene in my rear view mirror.
And I am entranced in it.
I snap a million pictures.
He’s back, and says,
“Why are you smiling?”
“It’s the rear view.”
He doesn’t get it…
“Without oxen a stable stays clean,
but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” Pr 14:4
If you have kids, you’ll have noise, sleepless nights, messes, and trouble.
Either accept that or don’t have kids.
You’ll also have laughter, delight, and a full heart.
If you want a spouse, you’ll have growth-pains, compromise, heartache, and headaches.
Mine has the hives right now ;).
Either accept that or stay single.
You’ll also have laughter, growth, partnership, and fulfillment.
If you want a oxen, you’ll have mooing, early mornings, and loads of dung
You’ll also have a large bountiful harvest and gratifying work.
But I’m not saying let the dung pile too high 🙂
LESSONS FROM THE STABLE
- If a clean barn is your priority, either be about cleaning it ALL the time and doing little else, or ditch the cows.
- Quit complaining about what are actually godsends.
- Gain a healthy tolerance for messes and accept them as part and parcel of the blessings.
- The Bestower of blessings sends them along with obligations.