In which defiance in the face of God rarely turns out well (part 3)

by Craig on January 20, 2011

In which a fly, and a rock, and the God of the Universe speak…

OK, it’s not a fly in the picture, but who really wants to see a picture of a fly?

This is part three, but in order to get it you really need part one and part two. You’ll like reading them. God did a really interesting thing here to teach someone who needed the instruction.

Part one was the staring (here)

Part two was the turning to the side – and turning away (here)

and now the real life parable continues…

I told God I understood – and just after I said that…

The fly has now retreated to my backpack about two feet away,

and again with the sideward glances,

and then the turning away,

almost like he’s doing a recap.

I am now far less of a concern to it and its attention moves away from me.

Then off to a rock about five feet away.

This fly that once stared me down now doesn’t even recognize my existence anymore.

If I didn’t follow his flight to that rock I wouldn’t even know he was there.

First there was the defiant glaring,

then the sideward glancing,

then the more defiant look,

followed by a turning of the back and a gradual distance created.



it sees another fly and off it goes chasing it.

End.  of.  story.

The end result of steps from God, beginning with the defiant stare down, will lead inevitably to a final step – which this fly had been so gracious to show me. I watched him as he prepared his wings, locked on his target, bent his knees (if a fly has them) and flew away not to be heard from again.

This is the point where a loving God says, “Enough.”  It is the point where a Christian has legs bent, wings ready, eyes on an earthly target, and is just about to take off, away from God forever.

If God is not a compassionate being he says, “Good riddance – that one was nothing but trouble anyway.”

But God is so much nicer than that.

The story is told in the book of Luke of a conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees. The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to him. But the Pharisees and Scribes began complaining about his audience. So to them he addressed this parable:

“What man among you having a hundred sheep, and losing one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it he sets it on his shoulders with great joy.  And upon his arrival home he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you; in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (LK 15:1-7)

Any point in the downward spiral away from God is the right one to turn back to God.

But, I firmly believe that if a Christian does not do so by this last step,

then God will intervene

and it might not be pretty.

It is at this point,

when a Christian is just about to fly out of God’s hands,

that God will snatch them back.

And if a Christian has fallen this far,

the hand that saves him or her may feel more like a sledge hammer.

God disciplines those he loves.

I speak from experience.

If I’m brave enough, it’s an experience I’ll share tomorrow.

God Bless.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

JennaFarelyn January 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

What a great story. I’m still just shocked at the clarity and conviction you were given in this vision, and that God purposed you to be receptive to see it unfold.


Craig January 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

Jen – it is just too multifaceted to be chance. It was a gift. Sadly for me it was a description of things that already had happened – a path that could not be reversed. God would not let me fly away – and it would be disastrous.


Debbie January 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

I’m so glad that He didn’t let you – doesn’t let us – leave and turn away that easily. That He tries and tries to get our attention and heart back to being centered on Him. God bless you as you share your experiences with us, to help us see and know that our God is good and cares where we step.


Anonymuss January 22, 2011 at 1:35 am

This fly trilogy…it won’t let me go. Thank you!


Craig January 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

still debating if I should write about what happened after the fly (read me) flew :/


Anonymuss January 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I hope you do, selfishly, because I learn so much here. Yet, I understand you may decide it is not for this time or this place…or ever.


Craig January 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I probably should – not every detail – but I had to be where I was 15 years ago, and go through the last decade of discipline to be who I am today. God’s love, his rod and staff – hated it – but needed it – so I should share a little. ANd will :)

Thank you A.

God bless


Joyce L Gibson January 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I am preparing to teach my class of 5-7-year-olds that God loves them with an everlasting love. . . never stopping, never forgetting, never giving up. My heart melts when I think of the depth of His love and forgiveness, His patience and disciplining in my life. Thank you for sharing yourself and the priceless insights He is giving you. I live for the day when they will be read by many, many, many.


Craig January 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Me too Grandma J

they are being read by more people now than ever though – which is pretty easy to do when the only one reading them was me:)

God Bless


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