Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Unexexpected Choice -- The Hole in the Fence

We were at one of our favorite coffee shops the other day and I was enjoying this view from the window. From this photo you can't quite see what had so captured my attention.

Apparently when the builders were placing the fence, they found that the tree had a pronounced bend in the trunk that was in the direct line of the fence.

This presented the builders with a choice. They either had to move the fence, or remove the tree. I suppose neither of these options was agreeable to them, because they found a solution which allowed them to keep the tree and keep the line of the fence as well.

There is an area in my life which has been the subject of much prayer and discussion between Glen and myself. In my mind, I could only see this situation working out by one solution and that solution seemed impossible. Then, by chance, when Glen and I were talking about it the other day, I offhandedly, almost jokingly, presented another option. Immediately both of us responded as if the cartoon light-bulb had just turned on over our heads. We had never, in all our prayers or all our discussions, considered this possibility. Now we had another idea about which to pray.

The builders who were building the fence, decided to take a piece out of the fence to make room for the bend in the tree. The line of the fence was preserved and so was the tree.

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)"

Sometimes we think we know the answer to our problems, how the Lord will work, or how He may supply a particular need. Then later we find exactly how wrong we were. Following in our own path without seeking the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit will lead us to a path of death and destruction each time.

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)"

His ways, however, are so full of life and peace and joy. They may be unexpected, sometimes they may even be perplexing to us, but they are never wrong.

"As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him. (2 Samuel 22:31)"

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