There are times when it’s not wise to argue with a person’s reason for going on with life – especially if, at that time, they have nothing to put in its place. Better to use their rationale, weak as it may seem, to get them to a safer place where they can find better alternatives.
Baling wire is never the final answer. But it is the grace that offers us a chance to find real healing – to get to a place we can lay aside the temporary for more lasting solutions.
The prophet Isaiah wrote in the Servant Poems (42:3): “a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench.”
He was saying that when we are almost broken in half and our light is about to go out, God will not give up on us.
The Lord always has a bundle of baling wire in the back of his pickup. In the middle of nowhere, we are offered the grace of the temporary. God’s hope is that we will bring our brokenness to Him so that He can help us put our lives back together again.
John Paul Carter’s “Notes From the Journey” is a regular feature of Viewpoints.