As I am writing tonight, the top of my feet are covered with burns….a not so pretty picture resulting from a not so smart idea. But because my seemingly ingenious plan to clear up a skin problem went awry, I am now reaping the painful consequences of red, swollen, oozing flesh as I am once again reminded that ignorance is not always bliss.
This latest little lesson is just another chapter in my unwritten book of DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME OR ANYWHERE ELSE EVER AS FAR AS THAT MATTERS! And it will be forever stored right next to all of the other not so brilliant ideas I have had, such as the time in seventh grade when I tried to learn to knit. I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself as I precariously balanced on a couple of boards I laid across the top of the backyard jungle gym; knitting needles in hand and my pet frog in a tin can …until…Long story short…The board tipped and I crashed face first into the bars on the way down, landing on top of my knitting needles and my frog. However, two back eyes, a sore rear-end and a dead frog latter I was armed with new knowledge and I NEVER DID THAT AGAIN!
One thing is for certain,though, whether a back yard catastrophe or a foot soak gone bad, extreme pain has a way of bringing revelation and imprinting “Thou shalt nots” into our brains. But do we always have to learn everything the hard way?
Let me see…If “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, what is it when you just do something really dumb once…Is it ignorance or foolishness, or just stupidity? I personally prefer to use the word ignorance because it has a much nicer ring to it. But no matter the label, the results are the same… ugly consequences.
When I was going through my divorce, which was the result of a lot of ugly consequences, I learned the scripture “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6. Not only did that passage give me much needed understanding, it became the key verse of a small single’s ministry I eventully led, for I became passionate about learning the truth about my identity in Christ, marriage, boundaries, abuse and co-dependent behavior for both myself and others.
Since I am unaware of available resources about forbidden knitting positions or the world’s deadliest foot soaks, I guess it is safe to claim ignorance on both accounts, but how about when it comes to living life?
Fortunately, God has given us a handbook to guide us, for from Genesis to Exodus, not only can we learn about God’s love, His ways and His will, we also have the added benefit of learning from the mistakes and victories of our Biblical forefathers.
Rest assured, You can be certain that from now on I won’t be soaking my feet in anything I haven’t researched first, just as I don’t plan on making any life choices without researching the Word and seeking godly counsel . For I have definitely learned that when it comes to the Lord, love, and relationships, ignorance is not bliss.
May you be blessed today as you seek to know Him and His ways!