By Patrick Hawthorne
The other day I took a pretty nasty spill off my front porch. While in flight, before the hard landing on my tail bone, I attempted to catch myself by grabbing air or whatever my mind haphazardly thought it could grab. The result is a possible torn rotator cuff, black and blue booty, and sprained knee. An upcoming MRI will determine the extent of damage.
So, this brings me to my question. Whom shall I blame?
This is a perfect opportunity to address some thoughts and beliefs by many of my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Some will tell me that this was the devil trying to hurt me because I was causing many to think about revival. If you have not seen them, look at my previous four posts. The Lord was giving me some awesome information that I was sharing with you, the readers. Others might say, this was the sovereign act of God to humble me or to teach me a lesson, or to slow me down.
Well, the truth of the matter is….”It was my own fault.” You see, I could blame the devil, but he does not control me. He does not make me go to the left nor the right. He’s got nothing on me.
I could blame God and say that He is trying to teach me a lesson…but a lesson in what? I went to the doctor, so if my lesson was to have faith, I failed. If He was trying to slow me down so I could hear Him, all this did was numb my brain as I hobble around saying, “Ouch, ouch ouch.” Maybe He wanted to humble me by giving me a thorn in my side. “Naaaahh. I’m still as arrogant as ever.”
No, the truth of the matter is, I was going down a set of steps that I knew got slick when it rained. I even warned my wife about using a different set of steps because these were directly under a tree that has a reputation for pooping slime all over the steps. I knew not to go down the steps. However, Mr. Macho Brain-o here decided he could handle the slippery terrain like a real mountaineer. Guess what? I could not.
In the end, neither the devil nor God were to blame for this painful little lesson on the effects of rain and slime upon steps. It was all me. As for other things completely out of our control, we live in a cursed world. Man caused the curse not God. Can I explain it all. No, and neither can anyone else. That is why we must walk by faith.
With that out of the way, please forgive any grammatical errors and or misspellings you may see. I could blame this on my hurt arm, but truth be known, I haven’t had my first cup of coffee yet. Be blessed.