I recently posted a picture on my Facebook author page
Since my page is not ‘advertised’, the number of people that picture ‘reached’ amazed me. It seems I am not the only one who has had to sit on a cactus.
Sometimes there is little, or perhaps no, alternative. But there comes a time when a decision must be made. Is whatever the cactus represents worth the discomfort of sitting on it?
Sometimes it requires risking something we might be afraid we will lose. (But if the cactus is so uncomfortable, then do we really have it?)
As another ‘picture quote’ I have says – ‘There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough’
As we walk our way through this life there are many difficult times. Sometimes it might be difficult to believe that God is with us, or knows what is happening, or cares.
I will never leave you nor forsake you…
Hebrews 13:5 and variations of this promise in ten other scriptures.
That being the case, what about ‘knows what is happening’ or ‘cares’
Well, I have several translations of the Bible. In none of them did the people written of, sail through their lives without problems.
Starting at the beginning Eve made a wrong choice, to believe a serpent. Adam made a wrong choice too. (Many a ‘cactus’ in my life has been the result of a wrong choice… not always immediate either. Sometimes, like fruit on a tree, it takes time to grow.)
How else would He have known that Job would have withstood the tests that He allowed Satan to put on him?
What about the Apostle Paul? After he was blinded on the way to Damascus, God told Ananias to go to him. Ananias protested…
And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Acts 9: 14 – 16
So, my thinking is… Some of the cacti in my life, are things I have sown. Others might have been sown by an ‘enemy’, or even a loving Father.
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12: 7 – 11
Yes, God knows. Yes, God cares. Yes, He is with us.
So if a cactus is in your life – Pray. That is my first aid.
Taking the prickles out, well, that might take time, and more prayer. Ultimately there will be a good result, and it is not always what we think it will be.
But it is our choice to get off the cactus and walk.