|Oh, Boy! A Mud Puddle!|
I used to laugh when I saw the TV ad about the little boy stomping through mud puddles. Then he’d track up the house and his grandpa would clean up the mess. Mom did that for me.
Rain can be both a blessing and a curse. To farmers about to harvest crops, it’s a curse. To forest fires it can be a blessing. But there’s something to be said for that child-like joy and freedom found in puddle jumping.
As we become adults, we generally become more subdued. But isn’t it refreshing to meet people who freely express their joy and delight in life?
What surprises me is when this joy is expressed by people dealing with major mud puddles caused by life’s storms.
A great example is David, the shepherd boy who became king.
|Rain and Mud Bring Challenges|
All David’s brothers were brought before Samuel, but he did not get a yes from God on any of them. He asked, “Are there any more sons?”
David’s father replied, “Yes, the youngest is tending sheep.” Samuel said, “We’ll wait. Bring him in.” When David, arrived, Samuel got a yes from God and anointed him with oil.
David had more rainy days and lots of mud before much puddle-jumping praise. He spent years running for his life from King Saul (1 Samuel 22-24). He also created a muddy problem by committing adultery with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11).
|Mud Is Not A Barrier to Joy|
Here’s an example: “Praise be to the LORD, for He has heard my cry for mercy . . . my heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song (Psalm 28:6-7).
No one gets through life mud-free, but puddle-jumping praise can be a life-changer.