Bad stuff happens to everybody.
We can’t say we weren’t warned. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).
We have two large Labrador retrievers, who we love, but who also fill our yard with piles of poop we refer to as land-mines. It’s my boys’ job to pick up the poop so we don’t step in it, but we’re always stepping in it because our dogs have very healthy and productive digestive systems and we just can’t keep up.
It’s no fun to step in dog poop. Especially, barefoot at night.
We all step in poop at some point in life, and when it happens to us, we have two basic choices:
1) We can cover ourselves in it.
Some people, upon “stepping” in a pile of trial, stop and wallow in their misfortune to the point that all you see, hear, and smell when you’re with them is tainted with the scent of the pain in which they have covered themselves. We can either experience bad things, survive them, learn from them, and move on, or we can sit down in the crap, cry, cover ourselves in it, and spend the rest of our lives complaining that life stinks!
2) or, We can use it as fertilizer.
I think the better option, when something bad happens and we find ourselves standing in a pile of trial, is to search for ways to grow from the experience. Poop can be powerful. Out here in the west farmers actually buy it as fertilizer for their crops. Our trials have power, too. Trials have the power to empower us. God never wastes a hurt. God inspired James to write, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4) Yes, poop can be powerful, if we’ll only plant in it and not plant ourselves in it.
© 2012 by Arron Chambers