Have you ever gotten THAT cart? You know the one; it’s that cart that has a messed up wheel and goes “clunk, clunk, clunk” as you stroll the store isles. Embarrassed and frustrated at your luck for having picked out a crappy, clunky shopping cart, you’re questioning everything!
How could it happen? In your haste to get things done, maybe you just didn’t check out the cart very well. Or maybe, just maybe, the whole universe has it in for you today.
Hiding Our Clunky Carts
Whatever the reason, if you are like me, you’re hoping nobody sees (or even worse, hears) you. But you are sure that everyone in the store will look up at you when they hear you coming from twenty feet away. Those stares are terrifying.
You begin to consider your options. First, you try putting more pressure onto one side of the cart to counterbalance the “clunk.” But that’s no use. When nobody’s looking, you creep to a remote spot and lift the cart off the ground, dropping it just hard enough to hopefully break loose the culprits of clunk.
Again, no use.
Stupid clunky cart!
By now, you briefly consider leaving the cart and going back to the front of the store for a cart do-over. Hopefully, you think, the next one won’t be clunky. Then you realize the extra walking and time that will take. Time that would not be an issue if you hadn’t been so distracted by the clunk.
Alas, you do the only thing you can.
Engaging your “plan z,” you proceed with your shopping, cart clunking all the way. You may keep an eye out for an abandoned empty cart to make a fair switch. But then you consider that likelihood that the orphaned shopping cart may have been someone else’s clunky cart.
Life’s Clunky Carts
Life introduces a lot of clunky carts. They’re anything but smooth rides. Instead, they’re annoying, distracting, and perhaps humiliating. They camptivate our attention, distract us, and force us to lose sleep. Worse yet, clunky carts destroy relationships, impact our health, and leave us hopeless.
At their absolute worst, they force us to lose sight of God.
And that’s exactly why the Devil puts them in front of you.
You came into the store with a purpose; to do your shopping. Most likely, you had a list or some agenda of what you needed to do. Instead, you’ve spent so much time dealing with this clunky cart that somehow entered into your life. You’ve wasted so much time and energy dealing with something that’s rather insignificant, maybe you’ve forgotten why you came to the store in the first place.
And that’s what the Devil’s counting on. That we will be so distracted by clunk, we forget the work of Christ.
Peace in the Midst of Life’s Clunky Carts
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~ John 14:27
Prior to his death, Christ gifted his disciples with an amazing legacy: peace. He flat out tells them that there will be sorrow. He tells them there will be pain and suffering. That there will be clunky carts. However, despite the dangers we may be exposed to or the troubles that come, through it all, in Christ we have peace.
Don’t let the clunky carts of life distract you from pursuing God’s will in your life. Live to proclaim his glory despite the clunky carts.
Chad Gramling is a author and historian who's “refining life, on purpose.” He regularly blogs about his experiences and how God is leading him at <a href="htt;?/1glories.com">1Glories.com</a>. Connect with him on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/1Glories">@1Glories</a> or <a href="Facebook.com/1Glories">Facebook.com/1Glories</a>