My car is not the most sporty of models,therefore instead of a CD player i have to make do with a cassette player, unfortunately i have only got a few tapes that still play. So anyway i was going to work this morning (the first time in two months after holidays and feeling a little low so i put on my worship tape . Or i tried to put it on. My daughter had the car before me and my tape would not play. If anyone has been reading one of my previous blogs you will know that I have had issues with lifting my hands in worship.. This would have been the perfect opportunity to practice. Anyway the tape would not play so i pushed the fast foward button-still no joy. I pushed the eject button and no tape appeared. Okay at this point a normal person would have realised that there was no cassette in the player. But not Beth. What do i do? I decide to check if the tape is in the player. So driving in heavy traffic during rush hour and not half awake I proceed to stick my fingers into the player.
They got stuck. And to make matters worse I had to change gears using the hand that had disappeared into the stupid machine. And the tape was not there. Tried to ease them out but they stayed there. Tried to wiggle them out but they stubbornly refused to budge. As a last resort i tore the skin off my fingers by ripping my fingers out with force.
Well you may laugh, but as with everything inlife it reminded me of a biblical truth. (and there is a truth in this). If i had kept my fingers out of the machine they wouldnot have been hurt. i sometimes wonder where Eve was when Satan tempted her. Did she hang around the tree of good and evil, did she make herself easy prey to satan by being somewhere she had no business to be? If she was far from the tree would temptation have been as easy. My point is (and there is one), God gave us a brain and we should use it. If temptation is to watch filth on television then cancel cable. If it is unGodly things on the internet, block the site while you are strong so that in times of weakness you will not be tempted. Too often we rely on others to protect us from ourselves and blame them when we fall. But if we kept our fingers out of the cassette player in the first place we would not be hurt.
And i found the tape, my daughter(bless her) had put it in the side pocket.
Beth, you've also stuck your fingers deep in truth. It's not our goal to see how close we can get to sin and yet avoid sinning, our goal is to RUN away from sin, staying as far as possible away from it. As you say, sometimes we just gotta quit hanging out where we're hanging out.
amen beth and i guess for christmas i can get you what is on top of your "wish list"(a first aid kit) lol be blessed and now you can plug your portable cd player in your cassete deck in your car(been there done that)
Thanks for the chuckle, and the Truth.
I am with Grace RUN! FLEE! Get as far away from the thing you can! So often our own misery is self-inflicted.
Perhaps we can take a trip on the somber side of this 'stuck' predicament. You remind God of the Parable of the woman who had ten silver coins, just what your casset player is worth, and she lost one coin, a casset, an she lit a lamp and looked for it under every nook and crany, and then when she found it she was more glad for it than heaven all together...When God looked at us in our 'stuck' condition, he sent, the most precious belonging, his son to 'unstuck' us from our sins. Him too was ripped to peices in teh process for us...God reminds us of this
incident in the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the prodigal or lost son.
In heavy traffic, you could of given your life to save your fingers, would of you?
i agree with you all. use the legs god has given us to flee temptation. tohimbeglory, that is very profound thank you.
thankfully he taught me through laughter and not tears this time. happy to have brightened your day
Well, well, well....
We have yet another bethyism to chuckle with and learn from.
I was once in a church with a young pastor who had been brought up in a very strict family and congregation. Like may youngsters, when he went away to college, he tried about everything he'd been denied while living at home. In one of his sermons, he said that he'd learned while all these things had been hidden fro him...
They were FUN!
Ahhh, well. We no not need to lead ourselves into temptation. There's enough of that around already. But we need to give our children insight as to what the evil is and the why of not engaging in evil practices.
A bit afield of your blog, bethy, but your thoughts brought this back to my mind.
bethy for a great lesson from everyday life.
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