Peter was stirring at the only ripe orange on the tree among her siblings. And with a quest to have it, he picked up stones of different sizes but all to no avail.
Each of the stone only left a tribal mark on the orange in their respective succession. When it seems that won’t work, he picked up a long bamboo tree to plucked it down. He does this repeatedly only to miss the targets. As he engaged himself tirelessly in this adventure, his Father who was sitting on the balcony was amazed as he smiled, seeing the efforts of his boy.
When the frustration has reached the boiling point, he beckoned on his father to be of help. Dad, please, come be of help. He called frustratingly. Okay. His dad moves near still smiling.
Peter, you will do it yourself. I will only be of help. How sir? He asked. This is it, you will mount my shoulder and you will get it plucked yourself. Woah! That is great. His Dad stoop down, he climbed his shoulder, reached his hand without stress to the orange and got it plucked.
You see how easy it could be Peter? Yes, sir. But this orange is not admirable again as the former. Yes! It won’t, have you not stoned it? Dangled it with the bamboo tree while trying to do it in your own way? That is the result of all you have done. Had you called on me initially, you would have gotten it so fresh without all of these injuries.
You rely on your strength to get it done and this is all that you have left. Had I know I would have called upon you and not see you as the last resort when all have failed.
Peter, you see, that is what happened when God is the last! God is a vital necessity in life. You don’t see him as the last option when all have failed, instead you must involve him from the start.
Doing it your own way, with your own knowledge will only drain the whole of your energy and you may even end up not getting it. That is why you must depend on him. When He carries you on his shoulder, you will be able to reach your goal.
Hear what the scripture says, “Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your ways prosperous.” God must be the only best ever option and not the alternative or the last when all else failed.
I am grateful sir. Peter replied. I will always set the Lord before me and stop figuring things out of my limited knowledge so as to have the desired result. God bless you my son. His Dad replied.
The Challenge for the Day:
Will you also see God as the last resort or the very beginning and the ending? Hope it won’t be after several failed attempts that is when you will surrender the wheel to Him?
In the very way Peter’s Dad acted, our knowledge of God is to make us responsible. God will carry you, but you must do the plucking!