Last week while I was waiting in the rather lengthy line of cars to pickup Ayden from school, I observed a guy leaving from a residence in his car. What caught my attention was the medium-sized Tupperware container filled with food that was on the top of his car. As my brain finally processed what was happening, the car had already passed me and soon the container of food came off the roof of the car and splatted onto the busy North L Street.
I can relate to this poor guy. I have had similar experiences. Two of the instances were just a couple of weeks apart. While leaving from the church building in Joaquin, I had placed my computer tablet on top of Kensi’s car while buckling Ayden into his car seat, only to forget that I had left it on the roof of the car. The funny part was, I was in my take-home patrol unit and Kensi had left ahead of me and I saw something in the road, so I just went around it, unbeknownst to me, it was MY TABLET! Someone returned it to me thankfully. Then about 2 weeks later Kensi and I had gone to a Gospel meeting at Loop 287 in Lufkin, Texas. I loaded Ayden into his car seat, and we left out of the parking lot and onto the busy Loop 287. I heard the tablet that I had left on the roof catch some wind and fly off. I was able to make the exit and get back to the location and parked on the shoulder. As I was trekking my way to the tablet in the middle of the highway, an 18-wheeler got to it first and shattered it to pieces! After Kensi gave me “that look,” I simply said, “well, it was either the tablet or Ayden, which one would you had preferred?” 😉
We have all done this at one time or another and maybe MORE than one time or another, mostly losing a coffee or two. It’s interesting how we get so caught up with other things we are in a rush to get done, that we so EASILY forget something we just had in our hands and then drive off for it to be “splat” on the road.
Spiritually this happens A WHOLE LOT MORE than with physical things. For example, we come to Bible study and/or worship services and we hold in our hands the Bible. We read, we study, we listen, however at the end of the study and service, how often is it forgotten because of something that has caught our attention? We go on our way and the words only fall at the threshold of the exit doors to the building.
Although the food that the guy had on top of his car may have been nourishing to his stomach even for a short time, it was soon worth nothing. The time it took to prepare that meal, to package that meal, all for naught now. The tablet, although rather expensive, holding much important information and notes, was now worth nothing, other than a paper weight possibly.
Again, this happens to the word of God all the time. However, unlike the physical food and the expensive tablet with information/notes, the word of God is of much GREATER value and brings TRUE LASTING NOURISHMENT to all who desire the word and apply it (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; Matt. 5:6; 2 Peter 1:5-9). But if we leave it “in the wind,” it will escape us all too quickly, out of our grasp and to the wayside, doing us no good. We need to be certain that we “lay hold” of the sound words of God (cf. 1 Cor. 15:2; 2 Tim. 1:13; Titus 1:9). Don’t let other things take your attention from what you have learned. Rather let it find lodge in a good and honest heart that much fruit will come.
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:18-23).
Don’t leave the word “on the roof and in the wind,” rather put it deep inside your heart and mind.
Something to think about. Have a great week! – DJ 😊