If I may, I’d like to talk to you for a sec about Maybe Moments. Life is made by moment-to-moment decisions, and one of my heroes is Jonathan.
1st Samual 14 starts right in the middle of a pretty major, long drawn out war between Israel and one of their greatest enemies, the Midianites. This chapter in particular finds Jon’s dad, Saul, the king, camping out ‘under the pomegranate tree.’ Not that I have anything against fruit, per se, but I’d be hidin’ somewhere I couldn’t be seen… like a cave… perhaps it’s just me. I’m assuming pomegranates don’t grow inside caves. Of course, I could be wrong. And btw, God, why were they hiding?
In verse 4, thanks to another hero of mine (Steven Furtick) I learned two significant things; Bozez means slippery, and Seneh means thorny. God never promised us a comfortable, easy road. This gives me hope. I often find myself in places where there seems to be no upside, circumstances that look slippery on one side and thorny on the other. When times get tough I often ask God to remind me that faith comes by hearing, not seeing. That He loves me, watches over me, is “mindful” of me. Little me, a random redhead from Reading, England, who got married and moved to the States and got dumped and often feels overwhelmed, like she’s accomplished nothing in life, but then recalls that she’s a prayer warrior who can change the world with her words – as long as they’re His words.
Back to Jonathan, who got a bright dumb idea and was willing to put his feet behind it. Plus he had a bud with enough moxie to go with. Even though it involved climbing slippery thorny mountains. What gets to me about this whole chapter, though, is that the Israelites had the priest. (Who represented access to God.) If they had the priest, they had the ephod. But they never asked.
(If you’re unfamiliar with the significance of the ephod, in Saul’s day that’s pretty much how God spoke to His people. Through the ephod. They asked questions, and God answered. It goes a lot deeper, but that’s the general idea.)
Yet Jonathan and his armour-bearing bud chose to go it alone, believing God was still with them, with or without the ephod. Guess they knew you can’t always take the (physical) ark with you. [Which represented His presence, in case you didn’t know that either.] Two lone rangers still vanquished the enemy, with no back-up. All because of an idea. And a major amount of follow-thru. Not to mention a rock-solid faith in an unseen God.
I’m so glad we don’t need an ephod. He lives in me, and everywhere I go, He goes. You too, if you’re His child. We’ve got it way easier than Jon-boy.
The point? Back to the ephod.
When you get an idea,
1) Pray, and listen hard.
2) When it first comes by all means evaluate the pros and cons, but don’t stay in hiding. Especially not under a pomegranate tree.
3) Don’t keep the ephod with the doubters. Take it with you. Metaphorically speaking.
4) Be ready to move on a “Maybe”.
5) Find a bud for the journey. They’ll surely come in handy if they believe in the idea and are committed to you.
In your Maybe Moments that we all encounter in life I have one last piece of advice:
step out, and find out. Messy or Miracle, life is lived in the Maybe Moments. If you stay in hiding you’ll never know what God would have done with that one idea.
Kari, the thinker and doer
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