Desperate times call for desperate measures. Like the guy, Aaron Halston, who was in the hiking accident and had to cut off his own arm to survive. What about Loraina Bobbitt who in desperation, to keep her man from cheating, cut off his family jewel and tossed it out the window?!
There was this one time I desperately needed to pass a history test. I mean, if I aced this test I would pass the nine weeks. If I failed the test, I failed the nine weeks. The thing is, I desperately didn’t want to study! Desperate times called for desperate measures, so I made a cheat sheet. It was a brilliant idea! I write all the answers really tiny in a piece of paper that I stuck under my leg. I would just slide my leg over, take a peek, and get the answer, simple as that! This would save me and my parents a lot of heart ache. I mean seriously, no one wants to let down their parents.
It was going well, or so I thought. The teacher, the very same one I’d pulled the ‘fart in a can stunt’ on, walked over and asked me to stand up. I explained to her that I didn’t want to; after all, couldn’t she see that I was busy working on my test? Duh! Apparently she didn’t care as much about me finishing the test as I did because she insisted that I stand.
Very carefully, I tried squeezing the slip of paper between my legs. I mean, I did a swooping type squeeze! At this point, the entire class watched as i tried to weasel my way out of this embarrassing situation. If I was able to pull this off, I would be the envy of cheaters everywhere! I spun my stiff, clinched legs to the side. I slid forward, legs clinched in a death grip, trying desperately to hold on to the paper. I pushed myself up with my arms, legs stiff, and prayed this would work. I guess God ignored my prayers because there in the floor, right at my feet, laid the cheat sheet in all it’s glory.
Needless to say, I got a big fat ZERO on that test. And all the time I spent making the cheat sheet could’ve been spent studying. Not to mention putting myself through such an embarrassing situation. Sometimes it pays to roll up our sleeves and work! Plus, I think my parents would’ve preferred I make a less than satisfactory grade than to have been caught cheating.
There are several cases in the bible of people trying to do things the easy way instead of God’s way. Take Jonah for instance. God told him to go to Ninevah but he was scared. He tried doing it his way hoping God would change his mind, and he ended up in the belly of a whale! Jonah chapter 3* Read the story for yourself! It’s a good one!
God’s way is always best, even if it means we might have to work a little. God gives us courage in the event we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place and need to cut off a limb. God is our defender! We need not “Bobbitt” anyone! He’ll even give someone as ADD as me the patience to study if we’d only ask!
Ephesians 5:17 ESV Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.