I totally snagged this meme because I thought it was a work of art and it made me laugh. Been there, done that, and I have the teeshirt, too.
This is the kind of “stupid” that takes some real courage, some major boldness. It is so not for the faint of heart. It is the triumph of wisdom over experience.
If you are relatively intelligent, you can predict the outcome, the cause and effect, several yards down the path. I’m chuckling because we got a whole lot of prophetic people on social media right now, trying to stay ten steps ahead of the game. They’re giving the Illuminati a run for their money.
Be stupid, just let God surprise you. Seriously, the Bible says, “there is a way that seems right to a man,” and also my favorite, “lean not unto your own understanding.”
I’ve often argued that Eve in garden did not sin until she ate the apple, because before they ate, sin did not even exist. They were deceived. They rational lied. They used their intelligence. Therefore, what Eve did was actually well intentioned, and the Bible says she reasoned, it was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and would make you wise.
Sometimes this runs contrary to a lot of Christian teaching and doctrines that insist Adam and Eve sinned, before sin was even a thing. We sometimes hear about things like “lust of the flesh” and “allure of the eyes,” as if Adam and Eve, but especially Eve, are plotting to over throw God. I often stomp my little foot and say No, don’t confuse them with satan. He was plotting, he got kicked out of heaven. They were innocents, deceived, played, led astray.
Later, in Genesis 4:6, God tells Cain, “But if you refuse to do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires you, but you must master it..” We are not the origin of the sin, it is something that crouches at our door. Later we read, resist the the devil and he will flee.
It’s natural I suppose, to try to learn from the mistakes of others, to go back and analyze what they did wrong so we ourselves can try to avoid it. Then we try to to take that wisdom and look ahead so we can attempt to control some of our future, too. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death,” Proverbs 14:12.
Back to boldness however, back to that stubborn insistence that contrary to my experiences and the evidence before me, I’m still going to pluck those jaded thorns of cynicism and pessimism right out, and proceed with confidence, with boldness, full speed ahead.
There is a kind of “stupid” that is really good to embrace and welcome, it is the stupid of faith, the stubborn insistence on the goodness of God, the madness of falling in love, and the outrageous proclamation that no matter what it looks like all around you, it’s all going to pan out beautifully, better than you even imagined.
Cheerful fortitude, with a bit of Monty Python optimism thrown in for good measure. If nothing else you will deflate the enemy, like an old windbag full of hot air.