On the way out to feed the animals by the pond, there is a hill that I have to traverse before I get to the stream that I have to cross. Yesterday, I evaluated it before I started down! I observed the smoothest part of the hill and thought that it would travel the best. With the ice, I Ianded on my back side with two buckets of feed. Soooo…… today, I decided to take the rough side of the hill. Using each of the rough spots for footage, and I made it soundly to bottom this time. Who would have thought that the rough spots would be what gave me my footing instead of tripping me up?
Correspondingly, have you ever heard, “The question that you miss is the one that you always remember?” I failed a history exam when I was 16, after my brother that was a year older than me died in a vehicle accident. I was typically a good student, so failing the test was unusual. My teacher ask me to stay while he graded my test that day as I was the last one to finish. When he showed me my failing grade, my head dropped in despair. He ask me to wait a minute as I headed to exit the class. He inquired of me, “Who invented the cotton gin?” I replied, “Eli Whitney.” He ask me to come to his desk and showed me the question on my test where I had missed that question. He looked at me and said, “Looks like you made a “B” on this test.
While for several reasons this was a rough spot in my life, it has, through the years, been a place for me to get my footing. My teacher demonstrated to me that day so many life principles; the value of a person over a fact, the power that we carry within us each day to make or break people, the meaning of being a true educator that embraces wisdom, not just knowledge, people are important,not just their problems, ect…. Many of these principles have guided the decisions that I have made in my life and have made me much of who I am today.
Peter, at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion denied him 3 times. Jesus knew that this was going to be a rough spot. Jesus, also, knew that this would be a place for Peter to get his footing for the rest of his journey in ministry. This moment in Peter’s life changed and shaped the rest of his life.
Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, Simon(Peter), that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
Today, I learned that the rough spots are not to be avoided. They can give me my footing to traverse the ground that leads to the pasture, as well as give me the footing I need to traverse the journeys that encapsulate the rest of my life.
I’m looking back at other rough spots in my life now and asking,”How can I use these instead of being abused by these?”
p.s. We have plans to build steps and a bridge on the table!!!!