Sometimes it seems like doing just about anything is better than doing nothing.
Feeling powerless to effect good change vexes the soul. Today so many things remained and frustrated me, I just headed outta town to Murphy, North Carolina in the gorgeous sunshine. Maybe I’ll find a job there in Murphy, I thought. Maybe that city will be different from this city.
Ever felt that way? Things aren’t changing! It’s the same as it was 100 years ago!
Some sameness is comforting, but too much sameness is stifling.
That stifled feeling is dangerous if you think about it, but we’re usually not thinking about it. When we make some rash decision, we are usually feeling too much of something or too little of something. Neither feeling will always take us to a good place, will it?
It can all work out in the end, God love us, but God is the key. Only God can turn our curses into blessings, but we have to follow God’s lead and trust He has our best interests at heart when we mess up and mess up real fast. Jesus did lots of things immediately, but He never did anything hastily. There’s a difference.
Anyway, about 30 minutes, more or less, out toward Murphy, I turned back. What good would moving really do? Who said it? “Wherever I go, there I am.” The only real change we can make is within ourselves. God will help us if we really mean it. If we change for the better inside, I’m betting it creates lots of free space and then we don’t feel stifled and cluttered up and mad and scared so much.
Make things work here. I gotta make hay while the sun shines. If you look it up at http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings, you can learn that Tudor farmers had to make hay while the sun shines. They didn’t have fancy equipment and weather forecasts that make feeding livestock as stress-resistant as it is today. Tudor farmers had to cut, dry and gather hay, which took two to three days, literally while the sun shone, because apparently you can’t make hay in the rain.
Pushing through sameness and futility hurts and frustrates, but what else can we do sometimes? I dropped a job application off at an ice cream parlor and they need cart pushers and other people at Wal-Mart and a local news station needs some help.
And I’m writing this to you and it’s not makin’ hay because there’s no pay, but maybe it counts somehow. Glean all you want and maybe we will all have enough.
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