This morning as I was walking down the hill with Jaden, I heard this very unusual noise from a distance. As I got closer to the source , I discovered that it was a woodpecker pecking on a lamp-post. The noise was loud and annoying especially in the quiet of the morning.
I know woodpeckers peck on wood to find food, and this poor creature certainly had pecked at the wrong “tree”, for no matter how hard and how long it worked, it is not going to get any food !
For the rest of the day I cannot help but think of this poor woodpecker, and I wonder out loud if I am in anyways like him…. It is such an easy mistake that in the name of “doing good”, I can be tenacious at a place where God never intended for me to go.
I thought about a similar experience I had a couple of years ago, and this is what I had posted:
‘It happened one night while we were in Mexico, I was getting ready for the next day by making sure I had a fully charged battery for my camera. I stood there and tried to get this battery to go into my charger. I tried and tried and somehow it was not going in…I was feeling a little frustrated, and bewilded as well, because I never had trouble with it when I was home.
“It is the wrong charger Mom!” came a voice behind my back. “You are using the wrong charger, yours is lying over here.”
No wonder it was not working, for the last couple of minutes I was trying to get a Canon battery to fit a charger built for Olympus. My attempt was fruitless and not to mention frustrating.
So often we do the wrong things even with the best intention, or to put it differently, we do the right thing but the wrong way. It is like putting a round peg in a square hole, trying to unlock a door with the wrong key, or in my case putting a battery in a wrong charger. Our hard work just does not pay off.’
It is so easy for us to be so passionate about certain causes that we can jump in with both of our feet, only to find out later that our labor is only in vain. I really need to learn from Moses the important lesson of watching and waiting, as he said in Exodus 33:15
“If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”
It is a difficult discipline for me to wait and watch for God’s leading. But unless I am doing what God wants of me, all my efforts will be futile.
Thanks woody, for jogging my memory.