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Pastor in the Pasture by Wendel Elliott: 7 Dips (not of snuff)

Now if you fellers out there are already reaching for the snuff can in your pocket after reading this title, hold on just a second. The dip of snuff that you might be hankering for isn't what I'm talking about today. The kind of dip I'm talking about is kind of like a dip in the reservoir next to the windmill on a hot summer day. It could even be a muddy dirt tank some place in your memory. Regardless of the case or the condition of the water it sure was nice to cool off for a little while. It may not have had a filter and pump or chemicals to keep it clear but it was exactly what the temperatures ordered.

I'm reminded of a story of a feller in the Bible that had a bit of a problem with swimming, if you will, in a muddy river after God gave that instruction. His name is Naaman and his story can be found in 2 Kings chapter 5. Not only was Naaman upset because of the place to "swim" but he was also upset about the way the instruction was given. You see Naaman was a "valiant soldier, but he had leprosy."

He went to Elisha to be healed and it happened this way: "So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, 'Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.' But Naaman went away angry and said, 'I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?' So he turned and went off in a rage." (2 Kings 5:9-12 NIV)

Imagine being a valiant warrior or soldier and being delivered instruction by a servant or messenger instead of the prophet Elisha. You've traveled, spent time and resources to get here and he sends the instruction by way of a mere messenger. Then, to top that off you're to go swimming in a muddy ole river instead of a good clean stream that was in your back yard.

However notice what Naaman's servants say to him: "Naaman's servants went to him and said, 'My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed!' ' " So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy." (2 Kings 5:13-14 NIV)

Sometimes we get a notion of how God needs to do things our way, when in reality we need to do things His way. That's what He wants from you and me…a life of obedience.

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Is there something in your life that you've been wanting The Lord to do and you have a certain way that you think it needs to happen? How about letting Him do it His way and following His instructions. It'll probably turn out better for you in the long run.

Well, on a hot day like today a nice dip in the muddy creek sure sounds good.

I'll see ya'll out in the pasture!

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