“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
A man’s mule wandered off his property. The man not knowing where he went started looking for the mule everywhere. Finally, he found his mule but noticed that he stumbled into a mud pit. The man thought to himself, “This will be easy all I need to do is to get a rope around his neck and than pull him out.” After putting the rope around the mule’s neck, the man began to pull but the mule would not budge. So he went to go get some of his friends to help and they all pulled but still the mule would not budge. The man tried to talk sweetly to the mule and than he tried shouting but it would not work for the mule was too stubborn to move. The mule would have rather stayed and wallow in the mud pit than to do the simple thing, and that would be just to walk out.
Just like this mule, we would rather wallow in our self-pity than learn to experience the joy that we could have in forgiving someone that has doing something to us. We would rather struggle with things that are going on in our life than asking for guidance and we would even choose to worry than trust God in His provisional care. Why do we do this? It is because we are stubborn, we want it our way and under our conditions. If only we could see that this kind of stubbornness will lead us in one direction and that will be to our destruction.
May we learn not to follow in the stubborn mules footsteps!!!