I woke up, early this morning, to my digestive system in a, what seem to be, disgusted tirade at yesterday’s diet choices. My stomach, now turned villainous orator, was making things clear that he was not having any of the fruits and veggies I was committed to consuming during this 21-day fast.
So I thought.
And, as I sat in the bathroom listening to the speechmaker’s demands, my noggin’s heat index began rising into the low hundreds and sweat profusely poured down my cheeks and chest in an ice cold stream. It turned out, I had developed the stomach flu.
The irony is, there wasn’t much in my consumption that would lead me to pin point the origins of said ailment. Either way, I was flat on my back for most of the day, bedridden to rest and a periodic taste of Gatorade and crackers.
With nothing else to do but cling on to God’s healing providence, I focused on Him and I focused on the day’s reading that would have me in Daniel 2.
In times of desperation, who else can we turn to but God. Daniel knew that no one else was going to reveal the mystery of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream but God Himself. See, the king had a disturbing dream and, not only did he want the local magicians and enchanters to interpret the dream, he wanted them to reveal exactly what the dream was…an impossible feat by any means.
But Daniel knew better. He knew Nebuchadnezzar’s outlandish request wasn’t going to be met by any human attempts So, who did he turn to?
Many times we follow our own understanding and try to figure things out on our own. True, God gave us sound minds and the ability to reason, but there’s a huge difference between gratefully walking in God’s blessing and renouncing what He’s given us for our own benefit.
And then we wonder where God disappears to when trying times get even tougher. He’s exactly where we LEFT Him.
He’s left ousted when we chose to do things our way.
Daniel’s immediate and initial thought was to go to God, even though God gave Daniel extreme religious knowledge and an astute spiritual IQ. Daniel didn’t hesitate to go to God first.
We can save a lot of drama and unnecessary roadblocks when we resolve to seek the counsel of God. We can move forward in the right direction when God’s our first stop on the road of trials and uncertainty.
How about you?