I have so many fond memories of going on vacation with my family and stopping at Cracker Barrel to eat along the way. Then of course we would be faced with playing the peg game they have at every table, "Eg-No-Ra-Moose.” Based on the number of pegs you have left you are either a genius, very smart or just plain dumb. Have you ever played?
Wednesday night I ate at a CB in Lakeland, Fl and, sure enough, in my only attempt I ended up with only 1 peg, genius level. This of course made me think, and naturally it occurred to me that my mind was totally clear. I was very happy, but in looking at the pegs it reminded me of the times in life where I was just plain dumb. In those times I left many pegs on the board, many problems unsolved, or made bad decisions that caused even more problems which naturally caused major stress.
It is a very difficult thing to accomplish, but when we can be clear minded, life seems to unfold much easier whether we are in crisis or at peace. Either way we can see God in the situation or the solution. We can read scripture after scripture where people made sudden rash decisions that ended up costing them much pain or even death. They gave meaning to the word "Eg-No-Ra-Moose,” as have I on many occasions.
The absolutely accurate thing about God is that he never makes bad decisions, and if he left us with his counselor, the Holy Spirit, any decision made while leaning on his wisdom will eventually work out even if at the moment looks bad. But, the most important qualification to enter into decision is that we must be in close fellowship with the Lord to hear his voice, to know what is instinctively the right thing to do, or where to jump those pegs to end up with only 1.
If we are playing at being a Christian, one foot in and one foot out of the divine nature of a spiritual relationship with him, we will be indecisive and wondering which voice is answering. You know, there is another side that always puts his two cents in to confuse us.
When we are clear, when in focus, when in step with His Spirit, we know what to do. The pegs all fall into place. Just plain dumb is not an option. We usually end up looking pretty good to ourselves and others when we walk in the light and those electric gamma rays of charisma shine.
So what do you say, let's move those pegs in the right direction, it's called the will of God! And you don't have to wait until you eat at Cracker Barrel.
PS Pray for Russell and his heart procedure next week!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.