Moments of Clarity – Karate Kid Lessons

Do you ever have those “moments of clarity”, when all of a sudden you “get” (understand) at least partially why your life is going a certain way (and that way is usually in complete contrast to your desires)?

Yeah, me too.
I personally think God allows us these mini “a-ha” moments so that we don’t lose heart altogether. Like for me, recently, through a series of events (including my personal prayer time, etc.) I was clearer on certain things. I said to my self, “Ohhhhhh!!! Yeah! I get it.” And then I was super happy because I felt like I “had a clue” for once.

The problem with this…at least for people like me, is this — We want to put these revelatory moments on “continuous play” all day, every day.  However, these moments of revelation serve their purpose to enlighten and then they are done. Now, armed with this new knowledge, you have to move forward in the drudgery of daily life operating on such knowledge until the next “a-ha” moment. I don’t know about you, but, sometimes I’d like an ‘IV drip’ of that euphoric feeling [and no, not by anything artificial or illegal]. I just wish you could feel that natural excitement of having learned or realized something new…on a continuous basis.  But, that’s not life, is it? Much of life is just plain old …plain. Or maybe better words would be – uneventful, normal, status quo. It’s just life.

Not always fun.
But it’s reality.

Many times I remind others that your seasons of “waiting” are training ground for learning many lessons that will prepare you for the next season of your life (whatever that may be). It’s hard when we don’t see the point of the lessons. If you’re an old school movie buff, take the ORIGINAL Karate Kid movie. The main character Daniel wanted to learn karate because he was being bullied. He found out the maintenance man at his apartment complex (Mr. Miyagi) knew karate because he came to Daniel’s rescue when Daniel was being jumped by a group of kids one night. After this incident, Mr. Miyagi took Daniel to confront the bullies at the local dojo and tried to make peace. This request was flatly rejected by the sensei.  Therefore Mr. Miyagi came up with ‘plan B’.  He offered that Daniel would enter a tournament to compete against the students who beat him up, in a fair environment.  The proposition was that the bullying would cease so that Daniel could train. This was agreed to.

Mr. Miyagi then began to “train” Daniel at his house by way of making him do certain chores on his property. But, Daniel had to do the chores in a certain manner, with particular movements. Daniel didn’t see the point of all of this. He got fed up after a few days. His shoulder was hurting and he was exhausted. He decided to confront Mr. Miyagi about it and then he intended to quit. He quite disrespectfully told off Mr. Miyagi and complained that he was supposed to be learning karate instead of cleaning his property.  Mr. Miyagi got Daniel’s attention by healing the shoulder on the spot.  Daniel was dumbfounded.  Mr. Miyagi proceeded to tell Daniel “…Show me ‘wax on, wax off'”, “show me ‘paint the fence'”. The specific movements Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel while working, were in fact karate movements to Daniel’s amazement. You saw the “lights go on” for Daniel.

In this process of continued training, he teaches Daniel that karate is not about beating people up, it’s about discipline and respect among other things.

What “pointless”, mundane, every day chores or duties are you handling at this present time in your life and you don’t see the purpose for them? Like Daniel, you even get angry and yell, “I can’t do this anymore. I quit!” And you try to find an alternative route that ends up being more messy or harmful than helpful. However, these seasons have a purpose. The skills you are learning now may seem extremely useless. But, as you move forward, and are allowed bits of revelation along the way, things will become clearer, and they will come together at the right time.  For example, you will see how organizing those luncheons will teach you about organizing larger events. Or perhaps you will see how managing that small group of diverse personalities will help you to manage an more expansive and more diverse group of people later on.

You are working toward your goal, but, the fruition of that goal may not yet be possible because you haven’t yet acquired all of the necessary skills, tools and knowledge to step into that new season of your life. My friends, God will move you into that season at the right time. He knows when, where and how to bring it all together. If you don’t believe in God, that’s fine. But the principle remains. Your periods of waiting have purpose even if you do not yet see what that purpose is. They are preparing you for greater good and if you do not learn these lessons now, how will you then function fully in the place where God is leading you, or where you are supposed to be?

For Christians, trust God knowing there is a purpose in this waiting season.
For non-Christians, still, remember this process has a purpose in order for you to get where you need to be.

I would be remiss if I didn’t post the “wax on, wax off” clip.  Enjoy! And BE ENCOURAGED!

“Not everything is as seem…” – Mr. Miyagi

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© KD Corner 2014 “Moments of Clarity – Karate Kid Lessons”

Observations

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I hope that you all had a nice holiday filled with thankfulness, blessings and family & friends. I hope you had the chance to reflect on what to be thankful for, not just on that day, but always. I spent the day with family and I’m thankful.

In my personal time, I’ve been reading through the bible at my own pace. Right now I’m reading through Exodus. It’s funny how when you take your time to re-read something that you haven’t read in a while, how different tidbits pop out at you that hadn’t previously stood out. I like it.

Right now, I’m at the part where Moses just led the people of Israel across the Red Sea (referenced in a previous blog post) and how quick they were to complain about every little thing afterward. At one point they said, “Did God save us from the Egyptians only to bring us out here in the desert to starve? What are we supposed to eat, huh?? It’d be better if we were back in Egypt eating the delicious food of the Egyptians” (Ex.16:2-3, paraphrase mine). Wow, really?  Because it seems to me you (Israelites) were just groaning and complaining from YEARS of slavery and ill-treatment at the hands of the Egyptians. Just sayin’. As for the food, of course, God provided food and everything else they needed for that matter. What amazes me is that previous to their complaints, just after they’d come across the ocean on dry land and saw their enemies drowned, it says they “feared (reverenced) the Lord and put their trust in Him and in Moses his servant” (Ex.14:31).  How quickly they turned from trusting to complaining. But, that just puts me in check. How soon after any blessings I receive do I go back to complaining or doubting or worrying, etc.? Food for thought.

Another thing that stood out to me was when Moses’ father-in-law came to visit him (Exodus 18). His name was Jethro, and Jethro was so pleased to hear about all of the miraculous things God was doing. But, when he saw that all day long, every day, Moses was consumed with judging disputes between the people (and remember this was a humongous group of people), he gave his son-in-law some timely advice. He told him at the rate he was going, he’d burn himself out. Judging disputes between members of such an overwhelmingly large group of people was too much for just one person to handle.  He advised Moses to put a different system in place, which included dividing the people into smaller groups and appointing trustworthy, wise, honest men of integrity to be in charge of their assigned group. This way, these men could judge the smaller disputes for their alloted group of people and only larger or more difficult disputes would be brought before Moses. In other words, he told him to DELEGATE. Well, that speaks to me on a couple of levels. Are there times when I try to be “superwoman”, hence burning myself out instead of just asking for reliable help, or delegating duties to others? Hmm. 🙂  Also, it reminds me of how God is faithful to bring the right people along at the right times to help us or advise us on certain matters. His timing IS impeccable. And as I look back at certain situations in my life, I can definitely see how ‘this’ or ‘that’ person came along at exactly the right time to give me needed encouragement or advice. I know that was the Lord’s doing and I’m thankful. I hope He continues to do that for me.

Ok, have a great weekend!

Toodles ♥

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