For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Look at that picture will you! That cow strapped down in a parked car! Parked! Can you imagine with me what he must be thinking…
“Dude, if any of my cow friends see me… how embarrassing! Nothing about this moment feels right, and most definitely not how I planed or thought things were going to go when the rancher said “giddy up” this morning! Maybe I wasn’t suppose to answer?! Maybe I wasn’t the one he was calling because man… this does NOT feel right!!” (How’s that for cow speak?!)
I remember a guy in Scripture that might have felt similarly to this strapped down cow, so lets look at how he handled it. Acts 22:1-15 Paul can be found recounting his “strapped down cow moment” so to speak. Paul formerly known as Saul had a prestigious background to say the least (Philippians 3:4-6) but instead of finding himself as head honcho he finds himself head down and humbled.
In Acts 22:6-10 Paul states, As I was on the road, approaching Damascus about noon, a very bright light from heaven suddenly shown down around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? Who are you, lord? I asked. And the voice replied, I am Jesus the Nazarene, the one you are persecuting. The people with me saw the light but didn’t understand the voice speaking to me. I asked, What should I do, Lord?
Can you just imagine?!!!
In the middle of his journey, his plan well marked out, (key word being HIS plan) he is blindsided literally with blinding light from heaven! His response is one to follow however. He falls face on the ground and asks, What should I do Lord? (Notice the people around him didn’t understand-he had to go directly to God.)
MY plan felt right but now I’m not so sure Lord, I’m feeling more like a strapped down cow in a parked pick up!
In Acts 22:11 God responds to Paul’s question with, Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.
One step at a time, HIS time and HIS way because HIS plan is always best and will not be thwarted. (Job 42:2, Proverbs 16:9)
Feeling strapped down and parked may not FEEL good at the time but maybe it’s in those moments that God is building endurance which develops strength of character which strengthens our confident hope of salvation (Romans 5:4)! He’s into building FAITH so that we might be conformed to His image and thus reflect Him more brightly to the world.
In Paul’s “strapped down cow moment” his perspective was changed, Phil. 3:7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
In our own “strapped down cow moments” might we forget everything but Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified in our place because of the depth of His love for us. Maybe being strapped down and parked for awhile to get some of His perspective might just be the very best thing for us. (Psalm 46:10)
Lets not become discouraged in the moments that don’t feel right; maybe it’s a needed moment for a perspective change and an opportunity for greater faith in the One who has a greater purpose than our finite minds can fathom!
Independent Read: Philippians 4:4-9