Frogs in My Bed
Church marquees by the street seem to be popping up like crazy of late. I enjoy the thoughtful statements, the clever plays on words. I recently saw one that got me to thinking. It said, “Someday is not a day of the week.”
I thought of how often, we as Christians, think we have a pocketful of “somedays” to spend at a later date. We think, “Someday I’ll kick that bad habit” or “Someday I’ll fulfill the calling I know God has for me.” What exactly are we waiting for?
Sometimes we are waiting for God’s perfect timing. But sometimes, as I’ve seen in my own life, we are waiting for comfort. We want the comfort of being affirmed before we step out on a limb. We want the comfort of our bad habits to stick around for awhile. As Augustine said, “Oh God make me chaste…but not yet!”
It reminds me of the Pharaoh during the time of the Exodus. He is being bombarded by plague after plague. Now there are frogs all over his land. The Bible tells us they were even in his bed. He calls Moses to rid him of these frogs and Moses asks him, “When do you want me to pray so they’ll go away?” (paraphrased). This is what Pharaoh says: “Tomorrow.” (Exodus 8:10) What is he thinking? The man has frogs in his bed and he wants to sleep with them one more night? Why?
As astounding as it is to think of, it is exactly the way we act sometimes. We know better things await us. God has an awesome plan for us! But “comfort” lulls us back into the familiar. It smothers our desires and drowns our passions. We need to shake off that “someday” lie so we can live each day to the fullest and accomplish every single thing God has for us to do. I don’t want all the potential that God has locked up inside me to go to the grave with me.
"O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah.” Psalm 39:4-5
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