Sometimes we try too hard

We need to stop, rest, get down low, humble ourselves, look around and then fly out the door. Jesus is the door (John 10:7).

This winter, I got creative and built myself a makeshift greenhouse out of the shell of a carport that we’re no longer using. I just covered it with a $25 sheet of clear plastic from Home Depot and secured it in the corner of my backyard against the fences so it wouldn’t blow away. To my surprise, it has worked quite well thus far.

Sometimes, when the sun is out (very rarely), I go out there and just sit in the warmth. It feels like a sauna and I love it. My plants seem to like it, too. But not all creatures share our affinity for the shelter: I’m talking about flying insects.

As I sat in the greenhouse over the past couple months, I’ve witnessed a myriad of different flying insects trying to get out of my cheapskate improvised greenhouse. Bumblebees, wasps, honey bees, weird looking bees, flying long-legged creatures, mosquitoes, flies, fruit flies, and all other manner of insects that I hardly knew existed in this neck of the woods.

They all make the same stupid mistakes. They fly upwards towards the light. They keep beating their heads against the plastic trying frantically to break through to freedom and the glorious light that keeps attracting them. They have no brain capacity to stop and look for another way out. Consequently, I’ve found lots of dead bodies on the ground and in my potted vegetables and trapped in some tape I used to help secure the plastic. For some reason, the bumblebees make me the saddest.

I want to tell the stupid things to just settle down. Rest a bit. Then fly sideways. I leave the door wide open for them and try to shew them out but they keep exhausting themselves in a futile bid to seek the light.

We do that, too. Spiritually, we fly towards the light. We try hard to get up to God. We work and work and hit our heads against the glass ceiling, all because we feel called to the light of God. And that is a good thing. We are called to the light. But we also have to realize that we can’t break through that ceiling on our own. Our own works will never open the door to heaven.

We need to stop, rest, get down low, humble ourselves, look around and then fly out the door. Jesus is the door (John 10:7). Stop beating your head against the lofty goals you have set for yourself. Enter into the kingdom of heaven through the open door of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Once you’ve gone through that door, the sky’s the limit and your works can account for something.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Published by RLMartin

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