Tuesday, July 3, 2012

To Fetch a Pail of Water

Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water.  Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.

Although there are several theories and complicated metaphors about this old nursery rhyme, I have to admit that I started picking it apart using biblical principles. I mean, seriously, check this out and see what you think. 
Here we have two people (characters) walking up a hill together; aiming for the same goal or prize; a pail of water.  Then for no apparent reason, Jack takes a complete nose dive downward in the opposite direction of where he was originally heading.  I couldn’t help but think that maybe on the way up, something distracted Jack causing him to take his eyes off his original goal.  Was there something more tempting to Jack or was it simply that he was running so fast that he aimlessly forged ahead without paying attention to what might have laid in his path; causing him to trip & fall?  Maybe the hill was too steep and Jack got tired.  But then I wondered - Why did Jill fall soon afterwards; right behind Jack?  Were her eyes fixed on Jack and what he was doing or did his fall somehow cause her to fall as well? 

Sort of like us and sin if you think about it for a moment.  Yes. Maybe a little farfetched, but walk with me thru my analytical observation.
Look at Adam & Eve; given direct access to God and placed in the Garden of Eden to work it and take of it.  They were given dominion over the land and all the animals and told by God that they could eat from any tree in the garden; except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Genesis 2:15-17 NIV

Then one day, along came Mr. Serpent; sneaking up on his prey; seeking whom he may devour.  Low & behold, Eve was standing by; aware of his presence, but did not discern his evil ploy. He tried to convince Eve that she should eat from the tree of life.  But Eve told him how God had warned her & Adam; telling them that they shouldn’t eat the fruit from the tree or even as much as touch it or they would die.  Genesis 3 NKJV   Nevertheless, the serpent was very sly and explained to Eve that God didn’t want them to eat the fruit because their eyes would be opened and they would know the difference between good and evil.  And as we know, Eve ignored God’s direction and ate the forbidden fruit. And with a little persuasion; she convinced Adam to eat the fruit too; and he did; even though he knew what God had commanded them. Their eyes were immediately open and they were aware for the first time that they were naked and hid from God.  Even though they were honest with God, it didn’t change the fact that they took their eyes off of what they were called to do and they turned towards sin instead.  And there began the fall of man.
Now fast forward into our century where we aren’t any different than Adam & Eve.  I can honestly say that if I have my eyes are fixed on Jesus and His direction, the hill may be steep, but I keep going forward with every ounce of strength within me; trusting that the Lord will sustain me when I’m too weak to move another step.  However, I must also admit there are times when I lose my focus; take my eyes off of Jesus  and do something I know goes against God’s word or His leading.  And just like Jack, I take a nose dive down the hill.  Unfortunately, there’s no doubt in my mind there were times that my fall caused others to tumble right behind me.  How many souls could have been spared if only I obeyed the voice & direction of the Lord?

So I ask you, what goal or prize are you aiming for today?  Are your eyes fixed on Jesus; on His clear direction?  Or has something jumped in your path that could cause you to turn and a nose dive downhill?  What about those around you; a spouse, your children, lost loved ones & friends that don’t know Jesus?  Are they possibly watching every move you make to see if you really live the way you talk?  When you get to the well at the top of the hill, what is the end prize or goal you eyes are fixed on?  
Be encouraged with Philippians 3:12-14 NIV, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 

Remember; your prize or goal should be more than just a “pail of water”.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  John 4:13-14 NIV

Don’t seek after the worldly well; seek after the living water that will quench your thirst; a well that will never run dry!
It’s that simple folks!

Be blessed my family & friends and walk in the Lord’s total favor!
Love you all!


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