Last night I had a dream that troubled me greatly. I dreamt that this person got me angry because he was the type of person who was always ready. This man received awards I never got, was promoted when I was denied, and could run without breaking a sweat. So, I decided to do something about it. I filled up a bag with powdered cement and tied off. While he was out running, I met him at the end of his run. WHen I saw him, he as in his dress uniform so I rolled down my window, and called to him. When he turned to look at me, I threw the bag of dried cement at him which exploded all over his dress uniform. Later that day a Physical Fitness test was held and I woefully unprepared for it. The proctor looked at the participants and me in particular and said, “You guys did not prepare for the test” and in frustration cancelled it. In the next scene, my supervisor approached me and a young lady. To the young lady he said, “HR has read your report on ‘Suicide Prevention’ and were greatly impressed.” To which I suggested they send me to Communication School and was told, “You are getting out and after yesterday’s events you would not be qualified”. I was upset by this and scared that I was in for some real trouble. So I tried contacting the person I threw the cement at but he was out at a Coffee shop having a cup of coffee. I asked his team mate if there was a way I could get hold of him and was told, “not unless you fill out a request and get it approved all the way up to the Admiral”. Knowing how much trouble I would get into, I went in search of the coffee shop. My plan was to buy a bag of dried cement and have him throw at me however, my plan was thwarted. Before I reached the coffee shop, I prayed a sincere prayer that I would be forgiven and that the mess would be cleared up. That is where the dream ended.
I told you about this to address a common issue and that is, “we don’t always think through out words and actions before implementing them”. Each of us is human and as such deal with emotions and make bad decisions. Consider Moses and Aaron who after being tried to their wit’s end with the whining and crying of the nation every time things didn’t go their way. At Maribah, Moses was told “speak to the rock”. That is, “Rock please poor water out”. Moses took his staff and said, “Do we have to pour out water for you” and then promptly smashed his staff over the rock and out came water. This single incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the two men would die before crossing over the Jordan river. The reason for such a drastic decision was that instead of honoring the Lord’s direction Moses put on a show that would make the people believe Moses drew the water not the Lord. Moses would later pour out his heart pleading the Lord’s mercy and that He would change His mind but it was not to be.
When we are trouble, the first thing we do is try “damage control” when that doesn’t work we resort to prayer like David prayed after Bathsheba. I will tell you from personal example that the time to pray is before acting on unwise decisions. Our common enemy’s minions always seek to convince us that our actions are the only way knowing that if we wait, the urge will pass and we’ll see the light and save us from disaster.
Readings: Numbers 20:10-13, Haggai 1:7-11, Proverbs 12:15-16, Psalms 51, Acts 5:30-41
We are often our worst enemy because we act without thinking and then turn to you praying that the mess we created would magically go away. Unfortunately once we commit to a course of action, it is too late. When we are given what have not earned and we act in retribution. Our common enemy convices us of the justness for our actions only to turn on us. Help us today to always turn to you and not try to fight the Devil by ourselves. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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