(Proverbs 26:3 KJV) A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
I don’t know much about horses. I know less about donkeys. Unfortunately I know a lot about “fools” (3684). The scary thing about fools is that they don’t realize what they are. I could be a fool and not be aware of it. Does a horse know it is a horse? Does a donkey know it is a donkey? One of the differences between animals and humans is self awareness.
Sometimes I feel like I am too self-aware. I say “feel” because in reality that is often just feeling sorry for myself. I have cycles I go through. The advantage for me in getting older is that I recognize the cycle and know how to hold on until things start to feel better again. I can even speed up the improvement part of the cycle. I do that by focusing on the things of God. I remember that God is on the throne. I look back at how He has worked in history and in my life. And, to be honest, some times God shakes His head, knows I am being a fool, and uses the “rod” (7626) on me.
So? Often when the rubber hits the road and the rod hits my back it is time to slow down, listen to what God is trying to say and make some changes. I can’t help you with your rod moments. You can’t help me with mine, unless you are the rod. If you are, then thank you.