Strength and Weakness
From and Internet Chat.
John: He was another who was a tough case for me. Always trying to make too much out of my casual comments
Nick Cabbiness: that's true. . . when I went with to Hale Center, that principal up there that knew him told us some wild stories. . . like finding him living in a tree in a plastic bag. . .
Nick Cabbiness: but you know. . . that's ok. . . however he gets there I don't care. . . I'm surprised that I haven't actually. . .
John: I know. God was only easy on me because I'm a wimp. Some of you guys were really tough
Nick Cabbiness: that's funny. . . you don't really think that, do you. . ?
John: I do, Nick. It's not funny. I just don't have the strength or desire to fight too hard so He doesn't have to work to get my attention. I do grumble when he wakes me up in the middle of the night. But only a moment, then I want to find out what the action is. And you know that I hate meetings, and camping out, but when He says go...it really is easy to drop everything. I know my source.
Nick Cabbiness: interesting. . . I never thought of you from that point of view. . . I know what you're saying but I always took it that you chose those times out of strength and preference. . .
John: I do see him even work in the areas of my comfort. I really enjoy sitting in front of the computer for hours. So how about creating websites. You know what I'm talking about. Actually I don't really like to do much of anything, but I know all my real pleasure and joy come from His stretching me into new areas and with new people. The real trick is just knowing that He really is in all of it.
Nick Cabbiness: There was probem a time or two there that I would have wanted you to go thru an emotional see-saw like the ones I was so accustomed to. . . but you're so non-chalant about it. . .that's why it always seemed to be coming from strength to me. . .you were honest with your preferences, which I was afraid to be. . .
John: Yeah, I'm saying that I would have given up on most of those situations much, much quicker than you. Couldn't endure them. It takes a strong man to endure.
Nick Cabbiness: well, that's interesting because that's the last thing I saw myself as in going thru those things.
John: You know that most people are just too strong. They want to be the tree that won't bend. Leaving the only alternative for the Father to "break" them. Our friend is one of those really strong ones
Nick Cabbiness: yeah, I think you're right. . .
John: Think about it Nick. What strength to wrestle with God. I don't want to be Jacob. I stopped wrestling with my son, Stephen with he was about 7. No way I want to take on God almighty.
Nick Cabbiness: hehe. . .
John: You laugh, but I'm serious. I remember when a bunch of people were going to through our friend Bill in the Swimming Pool. Boy did he fight them. But he got thrown in. I was next. Absolutely no fight from me. I would have jumped in first. But they decided it wasn't fun, and let me alone.
Nick Cabbiness: that's really interesting. . .I feel I'm seeing John Collings anew tonight. .. What's interesting about it most to me, is that the one looking on from the outside saw strength in the other's supposed idiosyncrasy. . . you in mine. . . and what I saw about you. . .
John: I know what you are saying, and I'm enjoying taking this line, but seeing a different kind of strength in others is what the body is about.
Nick Cabbiness: yeah, I guess in a sense both views are right. . . the one in the midst of it sees their own weakness and must grapple with that, and the one looking on sees the true godly strength coming out of the weakness. . .
John: Sounds like Romans 14, doesn't it.
Nick Cabbiness: yeah, had to think about that for a second. . . because a truly compassionate "strong" one can't really stop at seeing the weaker brother's stuff. . .and just say that he's weaker. . .but sees, in fact, God's very ministry being raised up through it. . .is that what you're saying. . .
Nick Cabbiness: hmm. . . good stuff.
John: But it did take both of us to say this. You know the way most would have a discussion like this is you are wrong, and I'm right.
Nick Cabbiness: ah. . . spoken by the true body dynamics master. . .yeah, you're right. . .
John: Have you seen Mrs. Scrooge, it was on TV last night
Nick Cabbiness: no. . . didn't know there was one. .
John: Her nephew was preaching and told a story about heaven and hell that was great. A guy from heaven and a guy from hell were talking. The guy from hell was saying how tough it was there. Satan gave them great banquet tables full of food only one rule. You had to eat with a 3 foot fork.
Nick Cabbiness: that's hard. .
John: No one could eat the delicious food, and they were in utter frustration for eternity the guy from heaven said it was exactly the same in heaven. banquet tables full of food, and three foot forks and the same rule. But everyone fed each other. Wow!
Nick Cabbiness: ah, I saw it coming. .. that's great. . what a great description of the body. . .I'll have to tell that one. . .
John: Well, time to go.
Nick Cabbiness: Talk to you later. . . enjoyed the conversation.