Gilligan Finds Jesus!
One day Gilligan ventures off as usual into the
jungle. After a few hours the Skipper knows
Gilligan's absent-minded behavior, gets a little
worried and goes troutting off looking for him.
After a while the Skipper hears Gilligan's squeaky
voice in the distance yelling, "SKIPPER, SKIPPER,
SKIPPER HELP !!!! "
The Skipper follows his voice
and finds Gilligan stuck in a quicksand pit with
only his head showing above the surface. As usual
Gilligan has got himself in a mess that only the
Skipper can get him out of. The Skipper looks in
disgust, yet with a feeling of no surprise and
relances pulls Gilligan out from the pit.
However, not without being tempted to leave his
sorry little skinny self in there. However, here
is what we did not see.
While Gilligan was yelling for the Skipper to
rescue him, the boy thrashed around swinging his
arms and reaching for anything that could get him
to a more solid foundation. But, the more he
yells, and the more he thrashes sinks faster
and further down into the pit until he is up
to his neck in thick mud. He physically can not move
his body from the shoulders down. So needless to
say, Gilligan is forced to stop moving and
consequently he stops sinking and buys more time
in order for the Skipper to come rescue him from
the quicksand pit.
The moral of the story is this:
Each one of us has at one time or another found
ourselves in a state of mind like our friend
Gilligan. We struggle in the quicksands of life's
experiences We get lost from God, bound by Satan's
lies and we cry out for help. "Oh God, please help
me with this situation. We do not hear from God on
in our time frame so we think God is not hearing
us. So what do we do then? We yell louder, we
thrash around more by complaining, getting angry
with others and we grow impatient with God. We
may even take on the attitude, "I'll figure out
a way to get out of this on my own, thank you very
All the while we keep sinking down, down
and down. Then, when everything has surrounded us
and we have a chokehold of life around our necks
we find ourselves having a feeling of being
paralleled, weighted down with life's burdens and
feelings of hopelessness.
But miraculously this is about the time God tends
to show up, so we think. We finally have been
forced to stop trying to do it ourselves; our arms
and self-centered attributions have been beaten down
to the point of total emotional exhaustion. We
feel we just can not do this alone and we decide
that our pride nature has gotten the best of
us, and our way is really getting us nowhere. It
is only then, that we become still in our hearts
and start to listen for that quiet voice of God,
who really has been there all along. When God sees
this he reaches out his hand and pulls us out to
safety and strengthens us with peace once again.
Hopefully, by our own experiences in life we learn
from this old boy Gilligan; living for another
episode of life taking us that much closer into
the presents of God.
Points to Ponder:
Are you growing impatient with God about something
in your life? Are you not trusting him enough and
have the attitude that you can do it yourself? Do
you hear God's still quiet voice speaking to your
heart, but avoiding it?
This week take your worries, write them down on
paper. (Be specific) crumple the paper in your
hands and throw it in the trashcan. This will be a
symbol of you trusting God to pull you out of your
quicksand pit. The key is to leave them in the
trash. If you do not God can not help you according
to his word. We live by faith not by sight!