You don’t intentionally plan to get stuck in the rut. It usually starts out with the best of all intentions towards another goal, and you look up along the way, and it’s the unintended that’s going on. The rut is so subtle to where it sneaks up on you in broad daylight, with your eyes wide open. There is no warning of its arrival because its timing runs exactly parallel to the hope in your heart. You start off with so much hope in your heart, and the moment in broad daylight that you take an uncompromising break, the unintended compromises you just a Little bit. Then you go on, still in a lot of hope, and then life calls on you again to take another uncompromising break; and the unintended is on call 24/7 just looking to jump at the opportunity again to compromise you just a little bit more. You even participated in most of its construction, and it’s development as you perfectly placed all you had to contribute neatly and in its undescribed discretion. The truth be known, the rut never could have made it into your life without you. and all that you did for it. It was able to harness all of your energies and resources that you thought to be going toward the goal you hoped for, and use them to construct that which you had no intent to be in. Then as time goes by, and you continue to feed it. you realize that somehow you are smothered by it in your life, and with a foundation underneath your feet like quicksand: the more you try to move out of it, the deeper you go into “The Rut.”
One thing that you hear about the Apostles after they had been away from Jesus a Little Bit, and had gain some experiences running the Church on their own, was about how rude they could be at times. We know that Peter had a certain streak in him, with or without Jesus’ presence, but they all were underneath the learning curve with this new religious thing that has become their whole life. They would have to learn how much give and take would be required to properly oversee the people. Oh, and don’t forget, way back in another time, before the Word was made Jesus: Moses had lost his intent to enter into the promise land because he had disobeyed God’s commandment to speak to the rock; but looking at it from the perspective as a leader who develops members of the Body for victory in their walk in the Lord, Moses took an unintended, uncompromising break at the wrong time with God. Moses allowed the well trained behavior expected by hierarchy from his distant past, to rise up in anger toward the trouble makers amongst the Israelites at the wrong time. This is how the unintended can sneak up on you as you present it the opportunity that it needs when you are having an uncompromising break. There is no way that Moses is going to intentionally, and just blatantly, disobey God after all the hope, resources, and effort put into making this trip to the promise land happen. The timing of the unintended is always at its on discretion so that it can compromise you a little bit more during one of the rare chances that you provide to it: so it waits for your calculated timing to take the uncompromising break, and then it compromises you more right on time. And as we know with Moses, he wasn’t stuck in the rut of his uncompromising break for long. No, God cleared it up for him pretty quickly: you are not in a rut in which you can recover from, you will simply not cross into the promise land at all, end of story. And oh, I forgive you Moses over there outside of the promised land.
The Father style when it comes to handling the rut is to not handle the rut, but to end it Now. Jesus did not really participate in building his ruts, but he had a few to deal with just as any well doing, and good standing member of the Church would have. There were a couple ruts in particular that really got his blood going because they were always there to remind him of the pain and suffering of the Church. Whenever he was in the area where he would pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, you could not pass through certain areas in mental peace without it all coming at your thoughts. And usually, it’s your own people who labor amongst you, that tend to help bring about the uncompromising breaks that allow you to be compromised. It was Peter, and at the very hour at hand for Jesus, who fed the compromise to sneak up on Jesus in the Garden by cutting off the ear of a soldier. Now that would have been a rut for Jesus to end if he had handled it with diplomacy as we good Christians do most things. No, Jesus in the style of his Father, did not go along with any of it, and reset the ear to end that sneak up on the spot immediately. And the Apostles were not really just becoming rude with the people, but they had begin to learn that if you do not put things in place immediately, the very people that you came to take care of will be the ones that lead the compromise to your door at the very wrong time during one of your unintended uncompromising breaks. When Jesus had taking all of the uncompromising breaks by default of the knowledge that the people were turning his Father’s house into a place for market, he would not take just a little bit more: in the style of his Father, he went down there and shut them down in a fury, immediately. People, we are to be loving and kind, but we are not to be lead into an unintended, and uncompromising break. It is better to take a stand for what you know you should do, and lose a long time compromising friend if that’s the way it ends up, than to live in a long term life rut; or even worst, as in the case of Moses, and miss entering your promised land altogether. Welcome To The End Of The Rut, Father Style: Shut It Down, Now.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.