You know the dangling carrot idiom, right? Where the donkey is supposed to be pulling a cart but he won’t budge? And the boy in the cart ties a carrot to the end of a stick and holds it just far enough in front of the donkey that he can’t reach it. He takes a step, hoping his lips make contact with the coveted veggie. But alas, when he moves, the carrot moves. Being the ass he is, the poor thing tries again. And again. And pretty soon the boy has tricked the dumb donkey into walking all the way to the market.
I felt like that donkey pretty much all day today.
“Here’s some financial relief! Oh no, wait. Not yet.”
“Here’s a really awesome opportunity! Well, maybe not.”
“I know! Let’s go visit someone special this weekend! Oh, good point. That’s not going to work.”
“At least I still have another speaking engagement this week. Wait, it’s canceled too??”
And on and on and blah, yah, yah.
I believe this is why the Bible tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus, not the carrot.
And it’s also why it says that God’s not a carrot-dangler (well, it might not technically say this). He’s not a cruel tease. He doesn’t sit back laughing while I jump through hoop after hoop and then say, “Oh, sorry. Not good enough.” Or, “Whoops. Changed my mind again!”
He is a good God. Always good. Always love. And never, ever acts contrary to His character.
Carrot or no, I’m going to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I’m not going to sit down in the middle of the path and quit. If I can’t reach the carrot, it’s because it’s not in my best interest to have it yet. Or maybe the carrot is just a decoy and there’s Pei Wei Mongolian Chicken waiting for me at the end of the road.
I don’t know.
Choosing to trust in the Lord with all my heart today. And choosing to trust with joy.
It’s been awhile since I’ve asked you to share prayer requests. How can I pray for you this weekend?
p.s. I don’t have quite enough $ yet to pay my publisher for my last book order, so I can get my Diapers books. If you’re still interested in buying some at a discount, let me know! (via comment, twitter, facebook or e-mail).