My wife’s recent accident presents one of those times when ‘what is normal’ is traded in for the unexpected. I have the desire to use the term enigma. Seeing her pretty much confined to the house brings to mind things like, “Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?” It makes me think things such as “acute dullness, baggy tights, and eyes wide shut.”
See… my wife would no more spend her days within the walls of our house than you might eat fresh sour cream (hoping you caught that).
We live on, and are caretakers of a large horse and cattle ranch. On this ranch, one of us is responsible for gittin’ along all of the little doggies, filling the barns with hay, and a host of other horse-related topics. The other party in our happy marriage fixes broke stuff. I’m sure you’ve guessed who’s who in our partnership.
I’m also pretty sure you’ve associated all of my wife’s responsibilities as those that take place outside of the walls of our home. To see her restrained by ball and chain (not really, don’t call domestic services), is a downright oxymoron.
I have those in my life too… oxymoron that is. My wife’s will depart in time (she’s healing). Hopefully, so will mine.
I think I’ll share mine by incorporating the ‘misery loves company’ standard, and leaning on the life of Peter and the qualities (or not so much) he sometimes displayed… this very same issue I have.
Remember that amazing day when Jesus rocked Peter’s world with some of His life-changing truths. Well, that could be found on many days, but I speak of the one from the sixteenth chapter of Matthew. Peter was just given the privilege of unveiling the identity of Jesus; “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God (16).”
It is then that Jesus reveals the source of empowerment to have such knowledge. Jesus tells Peter that God Himself shared this ever-pertinent information with him. Might I add: that’s a very good thing! Peter is on a fast-track to stardom!
Hold on there a wee little moment though… in exactly six short verses, we are going to find out that Peter gets his information from another party equally well. Only this time… it won’t be a very good thing.
In the handful of verses between, Jesus reveals His mission to which Peter responds, “Never, Lord! (22)”
Did you catch it? …The oxymoron I mean? “Never… Lord?”
Can those two words be used in the same sentence? We might respond to a subordinate, “No way, don’t do it,” and “don’t you dare!” Can we respond to One whose title is Lord this way?
Yet, follow me through the course of a day. I don’t like admitting it (I guess I’m kind of like an honest liar), but I’ve mastered the art of confusing the relationship between Lord and follower. In reality, when the Master bids us… we say “Yes, Sir!”
Come now, let us reason together… is there really such things as insincere vows.