Do you think she is rooting for the little ones to catch a fish or…is she thinking, “They are going at this all wrong…again! I am so tired, I don’t think I can tell him one.more.time to stop slapping at the water like that!”
She looks a little bewildered to me.
You feelin’ bewildered today? Too much going on that confuses and hurts you? Maybe you have caused a significant amount of your own hurt because you have repeated the same destructive patterns of behavior…again. Maybe you don’t see your own destructive patterns.
Maybe you are just tired and tired of. Maybe others continue to repeat their patterns…cause you pain. You have tried it all…given them every opportunity…there is nothing in your power left to do. You have little strength and you just can’t muster up any more courage.
Maybe…just maybe depleted is where you are supposed to be, so that God can do His work.
So often, we need to be at the end or our rope so that God can pull us up or…maybe it is the one we love so much who needs rescuing. How many times have you heard it? “We sometimes have to hit bottom before we finally look up.” Maybe that is the case for those we have rescued for so long.
Have you noticed that God is never just working on one person at a time? When one person is causing chaos…we can choose to trust His ways, His timing and His hand. Or…we can keep fruitlessly slapping the water …accomplishing very little. In fact…we end up where we didn’t want to be in the first place…repeating the same behavior only to come up with the same empty result.
Thankfully, our God is not bewildered…He is patient and loving and gives us every opportunity to correct our ways. Yet…what kind of damage are we doing because we aren’t seeking His wisdom and walking in that wisdom? How much have we slowed down His rescue by getting in the way?
He has promised to “unbewilder” us if only we will follow His word:
James 1:2-8 (NIV) 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.