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No More Lame Answers

We recently talked about The Poetry of the Bible and their unique way of ushering us into our deepest places with God. This deep honesty can be difficult and frightening as it forces us out of our clearly defined comfort zones.

Comfort zones aren’t all bad, but all of life doesn’t happen in there. It is only at the edge of your comfort zone that the important questions demand to be asked. Questions like, “What is this marriage really made of?” “I’m not sure God’s working in this situation at all, what now?” Even if you’re not mulling over these questions in your life right now, someone you know surely is.

And here’s the problem: When those who have never looked the big questions in the face are presented with real life issues, their responses can sound a lot like A squared + B squared = Proper Christianity.

There’s a story you may have heard before about a man who fell in a pit too steep to climb out.

A doctor walked by and the man asked, “Doctor, will you help me out?” The doctor wrote a prescription, threw it in the pit, and walked on.

A priest walked by and the man asked, “Priest, will you help me out?” The priest wrote a prayer, threw it in the pit, and walked on.

The man’s friend walked by, saw his friend in the pit, and jumped in with him. The man said, “What the hell are you doing? Now we’re both stuck down here.” His friend said, “Yes, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.”

Lame answers aren’t lame because they aren’t cool or poignant. Lame answers are lame because they don’t go anywhere. They aren’t bad, but they just aren’t strong.

“God works everything together for good.”
“Without struggle, we would never grow.”
“He doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle.”

While all true, these answers are born of the shallow places. If they are all you have when real life comes calling, you will find that you are out of your depth as well.

We must wade in and explore the depths. That way, when you or those around you are forced into deep places, you’ll have been there before, and can find the way out.