Never say never. It’s simple, timeless advice. It’s not that God is capricious, wondering how He can make you do what you don’t want. But it is uncanny how many times we are tested on the things we say we’ll “never” do.
I sometimes have thought “I would never want live in a cold or wet place.” Then I quickly, internally whisper “I totally take that back, Lord!” I already live overseas; where else could He send me, right? Oh no. It could be worse. Much worse.
My latest sampling of this principle came in a recent “minor league” experience. It was minor league because this “never” isn’t really of much consequence. But let me explain…
My daughters have given me “Training 101 in Fashion Crimes”. Since teens are the essence of all that is cool, I pretty much take their word for it. And on THE LIST of CRIMES were crocs. I didn’t like the way they make your feet look wide. I mean, my narrow feet are one of my best features. It’s not the first thing you see when you look at me but hey, I’ll take all the good features I can get! So a long time ago I said I would “never” wear them.
So you can imagine my chagrin when at a recent 2-week training course in a country of our region we had to remove our shoes upon entering our building 3x/day and put on the crocs provided. Crocs. And not just any old crocs. PINK crocs. As soon as I saw them, I thought, “I must really need some serious Holy Spirit work!” And so God began using the crocs as an additional teaching element in that time. It worked in beautifully with the morning teachings on Humility. No, I’m not kidding. Two weeks on Humility.
It was comforting not being alone in that. We were like 50 adults wearing pink and white crocs (the guys quickly grabbed up the minority white ones). We croc-ed our way through humility together. It became rather beautiful by the end; I didn’t even notice them after a while.
For some, it never was a problem. They are far more mature than I. They don’t mind crocs. They actually like crocs and have a pair at home. But I’m pretty certain it’s mostly because they never said they wouldn´t wear them.
I might have to buy me a pair to put on when I sense that familiar Holy Spirit whisper to deeper life…
I could never say never to that.