Backyard Faith (Part 1)
Updated: Nov 5, 2018
After spending several weeks nursing a dismal backyard back to green health, I feel it’s time to share some of the insights I gained while watering, weeding, and inspecting. The backyard afforded many a parable about life and spiritual truths, so I thought I would take the next few posts to share these with you. Enjoy!
“Cut the Cord”
Ok. So this is obviously a picture of a cut wire – a cable wire in my backyard, to be exact. We had recently decided to switch service providers for internet and cable and in the process these two cables were left exposed. The orange cable belongs to Company #1, our old service provider. The black cable belongs to Company #2, our new provider. So, about six weeks ago we had new grass laid in part of our backyard, and to prepare the ground, the fellow laying the grass used a tiller to stir up the earth.
He cut the cord.
Thankfully it was the cord for the old guys, and our new line was unharmed.
What’s the point?
Well, one morning, while I was faithfully watering my new grass, I pondered that cut wire for a bit. My first thought was relief that it was not the cable that supplied our current service! Didn’t want to have to deal with repairmen and possible fees for new cable to be laid. My next immediate thought was, “Hmmm. Guess there’s no going back to Company #1 now! Unless we want to pay dearly for new lines to be run… Nah. We’ll stick to Company #2.”
Which leads me to my life-spirit-application. When it comes to a new and victorious life in Christ, you just gotta’ cut the cord.
We accept Christ, reach out to accept the new and living hope that He offers. We step out into a new journey of faith. But when times get tough, when we feel out of our comfort zone, when the journey is requiring more of us than we think we can bear… we retreat to our old ways of thinking, of dealing, of speaking, of feeling. We use our old strategies and reasoning. We use our old phrases and lines. We try to solve the problem the same way we tried to solve it a million times before. Those old ways did not serve us well, but in the moment of doubt or difficulty or grief we panic… and pick up them up again, hoping they will serve us this time.
But they still don’t work. Never have. Never will.
Just cut the cord.
Cut it so you aren’t even tempted to go back. Cut it so your children don’t find it so easy to pick up and start using it. Cut it so that you don’t build up a mountain of consequences that you will have to pay eventually. Just cut it. It will feel like an amputation at first. Like a piece of you is missing. You will long for your old ways, and reminisce about how lovely they were, and how they could have worked if only… Yeah. Don’t go there. Don’t romanticize it. Just cut it.
I know in my own life there have been moments of profound realization, where I saw very clearly that my “same-ol’-same-ol'” ways were not working, and obviously never would. I have had to make the decision, one time after another, to cut with them. They would never take me into the abundant life that God has promised me in Christ Jesus. He has new ways for me to discover, so I need not fear that I will be left on my own to figure it all out. He will show me.
Isaiah 30: 19, 21 says:
“(v.19)How gracious He will be when you cry for help! As soon as He hears, He will answer you. (v.21) Your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or the left. ”
He will do the same for you.
If you find yourself struggling with your ‘old’ man, and your ‘old’ ways, don’t keep trying to revive them to save yourself. You’ll drown anyway. Cut the cord and take hold of His hand, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal the thoughts of God to you. As you walk in them, you will see the fruit of the Holy Spirit being worked out in your life, and His glory will shine through you.
But more on that in the next post!
For now…just cut the cord! No going back!
He is with you,