Friday, January 27, 2012

Don't Go There~ Day 26 (31 Days of Wisdom)

When I was a little girl, I loved the merry-go-round. LOVED IT! Every time I saw one, my eyes would sparkle, my heart would start to pound, my hands would get all sweaty and my feet would jump up and down.  Even my stomach got in on the excitement.  As soon as it knew a merry-go-round was in our near future, it would start to do flips. 

Merry Go Round in McCulloch Park
{Photo Credit}
See.....I told you! 

It was love!


I hopped on and the spinning began.

Round and round and round we went. It was sooooooooooo great.
 What was there not to love about this?!

Round and round and round.
Round and round and round.
After a few more times around,  great would start to ween and "not so great" would begin to kick in.

Round and round and round. 
Round and round and round. 
Round and round and round.
By this point, love was completely gone, and.....
                    so was whatever I had eaten earlier in the day.

I knew it would happen (And, so did my mother!)  You see this didn't happen just once, or every now and then.  It happened every single time a merry-go-round and I met up. Every single time.

And, (not that you probably want to know this tidbit of information) I didn't vomit just one time and then go back on my merry little way. No, I would vomit  and vomit and vomit until my mother was able to give me medication to put an end to the unpleasantness.

Do you think this ever stopped me from hopping aboard whenever a merry-go-round called my name? Only occasionally, on rare days when the voice of wisdom was able to shout louder than my own voice of foolishness.

I'm sure by now you are wondering what this story from my childhood, (and possibly yours, too!) has to do with Proverbs.

Take a look at this:

A fool who repeats his foolishness
is like a dog that goes back to what it has thrown up. ~ Proverbs 26:11, NCV

I knew if I hopped aboard a merry-go-round, I would vomit.  I knew it.  And yet, I allowed my desire for a few moments of fun, delight, and sheer enjoyment to talk me into something that I had to "pay for" for the rest of the day.  Doesn't make much sense, does it?

But, have you ever noticed that sin doesn't make much sense either?

It starts with a desire, a temptation, with a glance that catches our eye.  Our heart starts pumping and our hands sweat and before we know it, the sin is all we can think about. 

We have to

do it,

drink it,

have it,

even though we know the end result. 

In our quest for life and life more abundant, like a fool returning to his folly, we often find ourselves going right back to the things of the world that we think will

make us happy,

 make us forget our troubles,

make us fit in,

make us complete,

make un enjoy our life,

only to discover they are nothing more than toxic substitutes that poisin our life.

Where is the wisdom in that? 
(I'm asking me, but please feel free to ponder this question with me.)

Maybe this is why, each time I would leave for school or head for the park, my mother would remind me, not of the fun I could have on the merry-go-round, but of the ugliness that was sure to follow. "Don't get on that merry-go-round!  You don't want to be throwing up all night......DO YOU?"

When you head out into your day and life throws you a curve or an unexpected hardship or places a merry-go-round in your path,


Don't go back

to the booze,

to the drugs,

to the bad relationship,

to the gallon of ice cream,

to the shopping mall,

to the pit of depression,

to the vomit of this world.


Run to God where you will find

strength that overcomes any weakness,

help in the very time of need,

peace that passess all  understanding,

joy that doesn't depend on circumstances,

life, and life more abundant.

Isn't this what you are looking for, after all? 

Isn't this the true quest of your heart?

Don't go back....

Go to Jesus~

 Don't lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn't know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, "I am holy; you be holy."
~ 1 Peter 1:13-16, The Message

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1 comment:

  1. When I first started reading about your love of merry go rounds I was already thinking of my comment. I was going to suggest if we ever met in person, we should visit a park and I would spin you on the merry go round. For old times sake. And so you could feel the fondness of childhood joy once again.

    But nevermind. ;)

    I love 1 Peter 1:13-16 in the good.


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