Here’s a poem by author Tim Hansel from his book, You Gotta Keep Dancing. Years ago I shared this poem with you but thought it beneficial to revisit it in a different way. I refer to this poem when my life trends toward being way too intense. It’s called, Did You Ever Doodle, Lord?
“Lord, did You ever to something silly just for the fun of it? For example, did You ever sit and doodle in the air floating somewhere before You had this heavy world upon Your hands? Did you ever let Yourself go and take a wild ride across the galaxies or tie up a rainbow in knots without a thought of what someone else might think? Are the platypus and kangaroo a couple of Your favorite jokes that You keep around for laughs?
Come on God, let’s loosen up the world a bit. Let’s use the fireman’s hose to knock off the hats of all those cats who stiffen up their backs. They think they own this town! Let’s stop traffic for a day. Let’s have a ticker tape parade for all the orphans we have made. Let’s turn the land into a fair and throw confetti in the air and celebrate that You have come to join us here. Come on God, let’s go…!
If Jesus Christ means anything, it means He’s one of us and if His resurrection isn’t just a dream for dying men, then He’s the One who’s come to bring this globe to life again!”
I like that. Relax, cool your jets, get a checkup from the neck-up, and take a deep breath. Get out of the driver’s side of the car and let God drive for a while. If you’re not having fun, you need to back up and find out where you left Jesus.
Like most people, when things get intense, I get intense. That’s when I get frustrated, angry or fearful, lose perspective and get darn right obnoxious! Sometimes, little things that I want become big things I can’t get to when I want them. I have to wait. But as the intensity increases, my patience and demeanor decreases. Then those big things I can’t seem to get to turn into huge things I can’t seem to get to. That robs me of strength and joy. I become entangled, like Brer Rabbit, in tar babies of my own making. Fighters and reformers like me do that!
Does that happen to you too? Do you get intense? Frustrating, isn’t it? I’m like, “I want this fixed and I want this fixed now!” Some people would call me weird for that. Do you know what I say to them? “I’m not weird, I’m just exotic!” Aha! You can use that one.
Tim Hansel goes on to say learning patience takes a lot of patience! We can’t avoid pain or frustration, but we can avoid joy and peace. Charles Swindoll says life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. We know this, but knowing this and living with this are two different things.
When life gets too intense, we need to understand our own limitations. A farmer can’t make it rain or give growth. We need to understand we can rely on God to act in the most wise and merciful way, at the right time. True patience is a calm endurance based on the certain knowledge that God is in control.
Let me finish with a story called Two Wolves. One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside of us all. One wolf is evil. It is anger, envy, frustration, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
If you like this article, laughed a bit, and got refreshed…you’re not weird, you’re exotic!
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