(Dios Incomparable. Nunca me separare de tu gran amor).
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
A three-foot wooden enclosure surrounded the standard size bed of the rusty light blue pickup truck. The bull at the other end of the rope Rob was holding was large—gigantic by his assessment. Yet, Dave, the middle-aged missionary, assured the bull would just fit if they positioned him correctly in the back of the truck.
Following a brief tutorial on—tightening the rope as the bull moved into the truck, Dave cautioned Bob about keeping his fingers out of the rope and the wooden pole. He pulled the rope. The bull reluctantly climbed the wooden ramp, and with each step came the quick pull of the rope. The unspoken assessment? The fragility of the rope and the frailty of the person holding it versus the bull’s size, strength, and power.
The final instruction? If something spooked the bull, just let go. To try to hold him could result in severe injury or death.
The question. How to keep the bull calm while transporting him in the back of a pickup across Belizean grasslands and remain alive? Simple, according to Dave. Keep the rope taut and the bull’s nose as close to the corner post as possible. No slack. So close, he can only see the pole and feel the rope’s tension. Despite his power and ability to destroy the pen and impale or trample me, he would remain in this position. Why? Because he believed he couldn’t escape.
However, Dave was confident that that wouldn’t happen if he felt slack.
Do you feel stuck? Is your nose so close to your problems in life that the only thing you can see is the problem? Do you feel the tension of life, work, family, finances, friends; you name the issue? Like the bull hemmed in the back of the pickup truck, you believe you are unable to change and tied to a corner post?
The reality—perhaps we cannot instantaneously change our circumstances or events. However, we can change our perception. Look up. Let the Spirit of God strengthen our inner being. Easy? No, not on our own. But what is our alternative? To continue to believe we are tied to a corner post, unable to move or choose to look to the Son who has set us free. Look to the Spirit the pledge of our inheritance. (Eph. 1.14) To God who can part the sea (Ex. 14), make the sun turn back (Is. 38.8), and call down fire and consume a water-filled pit and alter (1Ki. 18.32). Look to the Spirit who raised Christ (Ro. 8.11). The same Spirit dwells in us.
And, as the Apostle Paul prayed,
“that the eyes of [our] your heart would be enlightened so that [we] you would know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might (Eph. 1.18-19, Emphasis added).
When the world or circumstances have your nose pressed into the corner posts of life, look up. Read the first two chapters of the Book of Ephesians. Then turn the pages and review Romans Chapter 8.
And you can say with confidence, “incomparable, God, I will never be separated from your great love.”
And recognize, unlike the bull in the back of the pickup truck, you know the source of power—His Spirit. No rope or pen holds you. Look to Him, and regardless of what you cannot see, you know that “who the Son has set free is free indeed.” (Jn. 8.36).