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Sugar Cane Blockheads


Blocks of cheese. Lego blocks. Blockheads. Cell blocks. Building blocks. How to block Websites. Road blocks. Blocked lists. Blocks of wood. Toy blocks.

Blocks of ice. Alphabet blocks. The Judge blocked your testimony.  Writer’s block. Quilt block designs. Heart blocks. House blocks. Senate blocks. H & R Block.

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Code: blocks. Text blocks. Jail blocks.  The block down the street…..what was that last one again?

The block down the street. You know. The one you use a lot. The one that leads to your house. or school. or church.

What do these blocks represent?

Confinement. Education. Learning. Prison. Falling. Stubbornness. Cold hearts. Stopping. Jail. Defiance. Circles. Building. Governing. Taxation. Creativity.

Blocks can be good or bad depending on how we use them.

In the case of the Israelites, they were not happy in Egypt nor when they left. So, they ended up in the wilderness much longer than God planned. Kind of like us.

We are masters at going around and around and around the same block.  The Israelites may have started this winding road journey but we latched on to it without a hitch.

Unfortunately,  I could teach this subject.  Learning the hard way always came easy for me and I didn’t realize at a young age when I started this pattern the Israelites had already perfected it. Well, it would have been nice to have been the first at something.

The wilderness journey they took exhausts me thinking about it. Why do we have to be so stubborn? It’s not like God didn’t lay out a plan. We just think we know it all on our own. Yes. I am talking to you! and me.

The quote, “I’ve been around the block a few times” has a lot of different meanings but in this case it really is what it says.

How about going around the block of greed? selfishness? doubt? fear? unbelief? worry? The Israelites were very good at doubting and unbelief even as the manna fell from Heaven everyday. Even as they were led by a “pillar of cloud” by day and a “pillar of fire” by night. Lets just say they saw the cup half empty. The miracles in front of them didn’t dissuade their complaining and defiance.

Exodus 13: 21,22 “By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”

You would think they would have gotten the message. What message?

The message we haven’t gotten yet. The one about the Holy Spirit leading us. The Holy Spirit doesn’t  leads us around the same block; that is unless we haven’t learned our lesson.

In other words, when we don’t listen, he allows us to jog around the same block until our shoes are worn out. Do I sound like I have done this before?

I see him waving  as we venture around “forever street” over and over again.  He motions for us to follow him instead of following the “yellow brick road”  or running a virtual marathon around ourselves. The Holy Spirit waits for us to chase after him.

One thing for sure. God is a patient God. Sometimes too patient. He  allows us to ferment our doubt and fears with more vinegar until we find the sugar. And for some of us the sugar is still in the cane.

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5 thoughts on “Sugar Cane Blockheads

  1. You have no idea how wonderful your (God’s) timing is. Bless you!

  2. Wilderness journeys without following the Holy Spirit is frustrating, maddening, and never-ending. But then again, following the Holy Spirit through the wilderness is not a piece of cake either and will result in our deaths. And yet, it is the only way to cross the Jordan into our Promised Lands.

  3. Hi Cathy, I have used the expression I’ve been around the block more then once many times but meaning I’m no spring chicken but I appreciate how you used it, great message, as you said….. The one about the Holy Spirit leading us.

    It is very True without the Holy Spirit we cant walk in His fruit, God tells us if we ask we will receive, if we seek we will find and if we knock the door will be open, not maybe but for sure but it is to be with all our heart not just a whim and not from greed or for evil intent..

    If I’m to pray within the heart of God, what things does He consider important, we are told to seek the Kingdom of God first and everything else will be given to us and we know the Kingdom of God is within us.

    Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.

    So I will ask and thankfully receive the fruit of the Spirit and then choose to walk in them.

    Thanks Cathy and for all your support on my Blog, your a blessing that I give thanks for and thank you for your kind words, but I’m not really an Angel… but I’m happy to be a person as you said who is on the right Block.

    Christian Love Anne.

    • Thank you Anne. Ron seems like a great guy and had such wonderful things to say about you.

      Truly, you have a great witness before Christ with your testimony. I admire you so much for allowing God to do what he has in your life. You are a true example of what God wants us all to be.

      Have to go, going to church dinner. blessings….

      P. S. I am having so much trouble with yahoo. It doesn’t correct my spelling when I ask it to, it won’t log out half the time. I can’t change it because my email is printed on my card, brochures. etc. I have sent them messages to correct this but they haven’t. Frustrating!

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC http://www.wix.com/cathyneil/Property-Management 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com


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