Pastor James gave what I considered a superb illustration of a "basket case" a few Sundays back.
Well, I kind of like tools, and I like to see what makes them tick, so this illustration was right on for me and I knew how it applied to my life, and my Christian walk with God. I've often been called "Miss Fix-it" because after all I'm a farmers daughter and my parents taught us to value things and appreciate them, so when something was broken, we fixed it!! I must confess, I have had to bury more than one failed "fix", the biggest being our fabulous Kirby Vacuum cleaner!
The illustration goes something like this:
There was once a man who owned a marvelous chainsaw! (probably a Stihl) It worked like a well oiled machine doing the job it was built for...until one day while far from civilization, deep in the woods, on a late fall Saturday, with a huge deadline to meet that day - it started having problems! Instead of taking the saw in for repair he decided he would attempt to fix it himself. It's probably just something minor and how hard could it really be, right! So he begins to remove, check and clean each part and spreads them neatly onto his spread out jacket. Then reassembles the saw and it looks good to go! Pulls the cord and ...nothing. He thinks maybe he just overlooked one thing. He takes it apart again.. and again... and again ...to no avail. Finally in defeat he puts all the pieces into a basket and takes it to the repair shop. "A Basket Case" Something or someone who once had it all together until some problem came along and rendered it useless.
I think most of us have been that man. We say "Awe, that's no problem" or "I've got this" or "I can handle that" or "bring it on" We say many things in self-confidence. That is putting our confidence in our SELF and not God. What would have been a quick fix for the professional chainsaw repair technician, is now a basket case. A lot more time, effort and patience will be needed to repair the saw. Its possible, the parts are so messed up the chainsaw will never again be a useful tool.
The Lord wants us to take our problems, big or small immediately to him in prayer. Leave them at the altar, at the feet of Jesus. After all He created us, He knows us better than anyone in this whole world. He knows what's better for me than I do. Our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ loves us and wants to fix our problems. ( and teaches us through our problems)
Here are some verses that go along with this illustration: God's way or Man's way. Which is Better?
Proverbs 3:5-6 Psalms 32:9-11 Isaiah 55:9 Proverbs 14:12 Proverbs 16:25 Proverbs 21:2 I Corinthians 1:19
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