Rocky, You Are No Friend of Mine!
I grew up watching Rocky and Bullwinkle… I loved Rocky the Flying Squirrel… As of yesterday… he is NO friend of mine! He allowed one of his furry cousins to wreak havoc all across my little ministerial world! At our Teen Challenge women and children’s center a darling little squirrel decided to play “super” squirrel, climb electrical wires and fry himself. So, what’s the big deal? A little squirrel decided to have an electrifying experience… How could that cause problems for me? Easy… When he fried himself, he also did major damage to the electrical wires. Which in turn caused a power surge… the power surge caused major electrical damage at the center: computer and copier damage (even with surge protectors); electrical panel damage; lights to burn out; air conditioning thermostats blown; and more… it even fried a refrigerator! Students had to leave the dorms; fire department had to come; repair people rushed to the scene; had to make arrangements for all our food; and the list goes on. Even today, as I write this, I have teams testing every wall socket, appliance, etc. Part of me really wants to hate that squirrel… not really. The squirrel was just doing what squirrels do: climb!
As I am dealing with this minor catastrophe – and trust me, in the eternal scheme of things, this is not even a blip on the radar; I just know there has to be spiritual lessons for me to learn. There are! Here are a few:
- Always be prepared. I wasn’t! I had not backed up everything on my computer. If my surge protector had not held, all my “work” would have gone by-by! We need to always be prepared spiritually. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal – but spiritual. We stay prepared by being current in our relationship with the Lord: staying prayed up; read up; filled up with His presence and making sure we have on the full armor of God!
- When there are problems – ask for help! I thank God for all the awesome people that came to my aid yesterday and even today. When we are struggling with anything, we need to ask our brothers and sisters for assistance. We need to swallow our pride and allow people to help us in our times of need. We also need to be quick to turn to the Lord for help. For me, one of my biggest downfalls is to try to do things in my own strength. I can’t! But…. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- Be thankful! Instead of focusing on all the negatives, start praising God for the positives: No one was hurt! We had ALL the right help that we needed! All our emergency protocols worked! Was able to institute new plans… and I can keep going. We need to thank God for all the good in our lives; the relationships; our health; our peace; our assurance in Him; and so on. Too often we concentrate on the problem instead of the problem solver!
- One last lesson – I am sure there are more, but I want to close with this one: Always take time to step back and take a good look at the total picture! We can become very shortsighted if we just look at the immediate problem. We need to take a look at the ramifications of ALL that is happening. In this situation, it is all the aftermath; the people to be called; the items that will need fixing… In our lives it can be taking a look at how healthy our lifestyles are; how healthy our relationships are; do we have balance in our lives; how’s our relationship with the Lord; are my daily actions having a positive impact on my long term goals….
Wow, I guess I shouldn’t be angry at good ol’ Rocky. His little cousin is teaching me some good life lessons. Here, I was viewing him as Boris and Natasha (the villains in the cartoon), when actually he isn’t. Sometimes the “trials”, the “hard stuff” in our lives that we think are so bad – really aren’t. They can be the things that help to grow us and that help us to become the people God has called us to be. James 1: 2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. #trialsbringgrowth