Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Just Follow the Instructions--It's Easy.

Last spring we bought a swing for our deck.  It nearly killed my husband and me, as we struggled to put that crazy thing together.  I laid out all the pieces, studied the instructions and looked over the package of nuts and bolts.  We can do this, I coached myself--I was sure of it.  We just have to take it step by step.  Go slow.  Reason it out.

About 20 minutes in, things were not going as planned.  I'm sure most people reading this can identify with these feelings due to; unhelpful instructions or missing parts!   

Someone had to be called to task!

I spent nearly an hour on the phone.  Sometimes waiting and sometimes making my demands to the manufacture of the swing.  Finally,  I told the man, "Listen, you gotta give me more."  The poor customer serviceman was giving me $30 off, (pretty much because I couldn't follow the directions) but I had to win.  I said, "$5 more and I'm good, I just have to feel like I'm winning after being on the phone this long."

He said,  "$5 more will end this?"

I replied.  "Yes."

He said.  "Done."

I thought...man, I should have asked for $10.

The manufactures directions may seem simple to some while others will labor over each word.   We think--Hey, I can do this--next thing you know you're on hold for 30 minutes with a hornets nest swarming in your bonnet!

I read this scripture the other day and thought--that's easy.  I can follow these instructions.  Why do people have a hard time with this?  It's all God is asking--His words not mine.

In Micah 6:8 in the Living Bible it says, "No, he has told you what he wants, and this is all it is: to be fair, just, merciful, and to walk humbly with your God."

Fair, just, merciful, and walk humbly with God--I think I can do this...I wonder how long I'll be on hold, if there's a problem.

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