Thursday, January 22, 2009

Navingating the traps

The traps were all set, with sharp teeth gaping open ready to snap, and scattered all over the platform. There stood Nathan, a blindfold covering his eyes.

His instructions were simple: to walk through the maze of traps and get to his father.

The problem was also simple: he couldn’t see any of the traps.

And there was a complication. Anyone could give Nathan advice, and many were already shouting out instructions. Nathan didn’t lack advice. How would he get through?

He relaxed when he heard his father’s voice. He didn’t know who else held good advice, but he trusted his father.

It was slow going, but Nathan heard every direction from his father and he got through the minefield.

Life is sort of like that field of traps. We have to get past many things that could reach out and snap us. And we can’t even see the traps. We have to trust other hands and voices to get us through.

Paul told the Corinthians (1 Cor 2:6-16) that they had a voice they could trust. God had chosen to place his Spirit within each of them. That voice explained and interpreted God’s ways to them.

The Corinthians were getting a lot of advice from a lot of people who seemed to know a lot. How could they know who to listen to?

It matters which voice we take note of. Choosing the right voice got Nathan through a complicated field. Choosing the right voice will do the same for us.

"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?"
But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Cor 2:16


Jonathan said...

Great post! On top of that we have to stop and listen to Him in order to know where to go. I bet if Nathan was talking or shouting then he wouldn't be able to hear his Father.
“Be STILL, and know that I am God..."
Psalm 46:10

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Great post Kathy! So true and such a great example as always. You are such a blessing indeed.
Much love,
BTW-thanks for your email too. I have been so busy that I have not gotten back to you. Sorry about that.