Because I was overcome by the state of my world.
As I rounded the curve, this guy pulled out in front of me. Ugh.
So I slowed Ebenezer and slid to the shoulder to put some distance between me and the offending logger. And since the shiny red Kodak was in my purse anyway, I whipped her out and took that picture… just in case I wanted to blog a complaint.
And it was at that moment that God used his piney stick forest to yak back.
Appearances, God reminded me, can be very deceiving. Because when I looked over my shoulder, this is what I saw.
A dark and confusing mass of trunks and limbs, obscured by a twisted thicket. I’m pretty certain there were snakes in there too. Pretty much the way I see the world these days...
But this is a planted piney stick forest.
So I took two steps to my left...
And two steps more... Until that same forest looked like this.
Not so dark and scary now.
All just a matter of perspective.
And for some oddball reason, very comforting to me.
Our Sunday School lesson this morning is about Palm Sunday. I love the fact that the beloved disciple had fewer words to say about the drama than the other gospel writers. I guess he figured that his verbose buddies had the details covered. But there was one thing that John alone added that caught my eye.
At first his disciples did not understand this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
Huh. Imagine that. Even they didn’t quite get it right away. It took some time and perspective to see that what looked a bit crazy and confusing was all part of the perfectly planted plan of God. I guess they needed to have their own piney stick forest moment.
Have a happy Palm Sunday.