Imagine looking up only to see something you lost awhile back, coming up your driveway, arriving on a cart that’s being pulled by cows. Sounds strange, but that’s exactly what happened to the children of Israel after they once lost the Ark of the Covenant in battle.
Long story short, while at war with the Philistines, which was quite often, during one particular battle, the bad guys captured the Ark. During its stay in enemy territory, this coveted piece of temple furniture, began to wreak havoc on its captors.
At one point, they placed it in the temple of their god Dagon. The next morning, when they came in, the huge statue of their god was lying face down on the ground. Seemed odd, but they weren’t too concerned, so they propped it back up. When they returned the next day, they found the stone idol shattered in pieces on the floor.
That’s when they began to worry. Boils, plagues, and a few other uncomfortable issues later, the Philistines realized they’d bit off more than they could chew. They were up against a God who was on a completely different level. Basically, they were out of their league and playing with dynamite.
That’s when they began strategizing a plan to return the now despised trophy. Here’s what they came up with:
- Place the ark on a cart
- Hook it up to some cows, then,
- Point them in the direction of its original home
- Pray they find the cows find their way there on their own
The result? It worked.
One day, some months later, the Jewish people looked up only to see their beloved ark coming up the drive with the cows “lowing as it went.” Quite a spectacle indeed!
Now of course, this is a very truncated version of the entire story, and you are certainly invited to do some careful reading on your own, but there truly is a point here to be noticed.
Maybe you made a mistake and you lost something in the process. Perhaps an enemy of yours was able to obtain something that was very precious to you. Or, on the flip side, let’s say you won a battle fair and square, but the consequences are now staring you in the face. Regardless of the situation at hand, you’re hurting and something that is rightfully yours is gone—or the victory isn’t working out like you planned.
Is it the end? Perhaps not.
If you feel that thing you lost can’t be restored, or what you won isn’t worth the cost…I hope this story will be an encouragement to you.
Let’s face it, the Israelites were beaten in their battle fair and square. What the Philistines didn’t realize is that they were tampering with God’s people. Not something for the faint of heart to try and do. God’s children are just that—his kids. And God protects his children. And if He gives them something and that He wants them to have, people who try to take it away from them should be careful. Life may not bode so well for the taker.
If you are the person with the loss here, again, may this story shed a new light on your situation and bring you a bit of hope. Battles between humans are one thing, but when a person throws a grenade at you and God steps in between? Buyer beware. Remember the god Dagon and his demise—the boils, the plagues, etc. Don’t be surprised if you find your tormentor one day saying, “Uncle. Here. Take it back. I’ll even send it to you.” Maybe it won’t return on a silver platter, but hey, if it were even to arrive via cows, I don’t know about you, but I’d take it.
Just my thoughts on a cold drizzly Sunday.
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Great application, Stephanie! I love that story. Wish I could send it to a gal I am sort of debating with on Facebook right now, but she is too mad at God to accept it right now. Basically, she’s had a hard life and compounded that by making some very unwise decisions and is now in a corner, scared and furious and attacking. Not always rational in her anger. I am trying to put truth into her mind and get her to go to her relatives who love the Lord for help. Very hard when she keeps emoting in place of thinking, but that’s because she’s Satan’s prisoner of war. I hope to eventually help her see that, but who knows how long this dialog will last–3 days so far.
Nancy: Great to hear from you. And I understand. That is wonderful you are working with her. I will say, I have learned over the years, if a person is not in a posture of listening, it may be worth waiting until a window of opportunity (aka acceptance) cracks open a bit. Just know, I will be keeping you in prayer on this one. Thank you so much for the response!