Saturday, September 27, 2008
Get Out of That Shell
This morning I was reading in Esther and noted how the relationship of King Xerxes and his friend, Haman, is illustrative of the danger in trusting men (or women) with your decision-making, or to do your thinking for you. Mental laziness can have disastrous consequences. Not that we can't delegate, but it should entail a pretty good understanding of the character of our delegate. Though, trust goes both ways, as today's Proverb reminds: "He who takes crooked paths will be found out." Proverbs 10:9b
I was talking to my friend, Linda, today about how we can be like turtles, hiding inside our shells, thinking we're safe from what's going on in the world around us. I'd mentioned that watching the presidential debates made me run into the other room. Just too nerve-racking. Didn't want to hear it, all that contradictory controversy. Especially all the stupid remarks I wouldn't agree with, but couldn't set them straight because they wouldn't hear me yelling. So, in that sense, I guess I was behaving in a turtle-like manner.
Esther could have hidden away in her posh palace, hoping to escape the coming planned genocide, but she stuck her neck out of that comfortable shell and confronted the enemy. Invited him to dinner right on her own turf, and defeated the wicked dude. Read the whole story here.
In case you were wondering about the photo - it's my attempt at mosaic art - and the turtle has her neck out too.