It's Your Poop!
Don't Wallow In It!
While visiting one of my sisters, my grand-nephew came in and said, "I need my pamper changed." He was a little over 2-years old and wanted that poop off of him. My niece told him to go into the bathroom and wait for her. She proceeded to finish with whatever she was doing as well as chatting with me.
All of sudden, you heard this wail coming out of the bathroom, "Please change my pamper. It stinks in here." She instructed her son to stay in the bathroom and she would be in there to change him once she finished. He kept bellowing louder and louder, "It stinks and I can't take it." My niece and I continued talking and cracking up about what was happening.
You see, here you had a 2-plus year old kid who could hold a conversation, preach and pray when called upon, but wouldn't say I have to go to the potty. Wow! In essence, my niece decided to allow him to wallow in the mess that he had created. It wasn't that he didn't know what he had done or what to do to prevent it, he did. He waltzed into the house and emphatically stated that he needed his pamper changed. Although he created the mess he wanted his mother to immediately fix his mess.
Oftentimes we are the same way. Rather than listen to what God says and follow His instructions, we mess up and want Him to immediately fix it. Sometimes, just like my niece, God allows us to wallow in the messes of our lives before He does anything about it. Just like my nephew, we cry out to God for help as though we had nothing to do with it.
As the situation begins to smell worse and worse, we scream even louder. Don't you know that God has heard you, as my mother used to say, "when you first drove up." This is the process of waiting. It is not in your timing, but when God decides to change things. You have to carry that poop around with you for awhile and endure the stench of your mess. How else will you ever make the necessary changes in your life.
My niece realized as God does with us, that if change happens quickly we will not mature into the next place of our lives. Not only that we would never take responsibility for our actions. We would always seek a quick fix. There are times when you have to endure the mess in order to learn the message.
Really it is for your good. You may not think so as you are going through it, but it is to make you a better person who can take responsibility for your actions. Had my niece rushed in and honored the demand of her son to change his pamper, he may still be pooping in his pamper and looking for her to clean up the mess. It was time for a natural maturation to take place in his life. He needed to open his mouth and say, "I got to go."
Many of us are at a place where God is saying move forward. It is time for you to grow up! Open your mouth and say I have to go before you make a complete mess of things. If not, you will have to wallow in your poop a little while longer.
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Jacqui A. Showers., The Showers Group Ministries