Monday, January 23, 2012

On the Way to Milk and Honey

We had a guest pastor in church a few weeks ago. Guest pastors are like a box of assorted chocolates, you never know who you are going to get. He was great, though. Personable, engaging and funny. So I have to tell you that this blog got its impetus in his sermon.

He talked about the Promised Land, a land described as the Land of Milk and Honey. This was nothing new but it was what he said next that set his sermon a part. He said that cows make milk and bees make honey. Again, nothing new here. BUT, he continued, just as cows make milk they make a whole lot of other *stuff* and just as bees make honey, they also sting.

Basically, if you want to get to the milk and honey, you're going to have to walk through a lot of stuff and endure a lot of stings!

He said, the only way to get to the milk and honey is to go through the stuff and the stings. You see, most of us, recoil and take a big step back, when we get a whiff of the stuff or feel the first sting, but if we want the milk and honey we have to keep moving through the stuff and stings.

We need to remember that the milk and honey are on the other side - that goal, that motivation - should keep us moving forward.

Whatever you are going through right now remember that the only way to get to the milk and honey is to keep moving. The only way to get through it is to go through it!


Jen Waller said...

I can see why you wanted to write more about this :) Whilst I don't think that it's compulsory to always get stung or walk in stuff, if it happens it doesn't have to be interpreted as there being no "milk and honey." Or as I've heard some presume that they just aren't meant to have "milk and honey!"

Thanks for sharing.

Karyn L Beach said...

So true Jen, there isn't always a lot of stinging and stuff. Yet, a lot of people do exactly what you suggested; once they encounter an obstacle (stings and stuff), they assume it wasn't meant to be and just give up!

I think we are all meant to have milk and honey. Some times it will come easily but other times, there could be a few stings and you might step in some stuff. The only thing that you can be sure of is that you will never reach the milk and honey if you stay where you are.