"If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; If a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him."
Falling into a pit. Getting rolled over by a stone. Yep. That pretty much describes me. But this book of wisdom says that I'm not only the victim when this happens, but my own arch rival! You mean I set myself up for pits? You mean I can't shift the blame? I can't make excuses? This stinks. Didn't Eve teach us how to do this in the Garden? Excuse me, but I think it's all her fault. Ok, maybe not.
I was talking to Tara earlier and she reminded me that we never realize we're getting ourselves into messes until after the fact. I picture myself holding this hot pink shovel fully equipped with rhinestones and all things sparkly. The tool is pretty. I give God a glance, a quick thought, and start working. The task at hand isn't sin in itself, in fact, it's moral and what I think God would want me to do. Before I know it, I'm sitting in this not so obvious pit I've dug around me wondering why God isn't blessing my efforts or sometimes it's more like, "how in the world did I end up here?" As I vigorously dig, I find myself getting deeper and deeper, searching for a glimpse of God amongst the dirt & worms, crying out to Him to rescue me from the pit.
Proverbs 2:7 offers me hope
"He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones."
So here's my resolve: that I would focused on Him and gain the victory of life and heavenly joy & abundance.
I don't want to focus on what He wants me to do, where He wants me to go or who He wants me to be. I want to focus on Him. Only then will I end up doing what He wants me to do, go where He wants me to go & be who He wants me to be.
Then maybe I won't fall into those pits I will inevitably dig and will side step those gianormous stones that keep rolling back to me like a determined boom-a-rang with Satan's face on it.
Don't you just love Proverbs? It's like a big fat mirror that you just can't escape.