Mule-headed decision lacks reason
Should I get married or go west? This was the dilemma Rube wrestled with as he rode along on his mule. He was coming from St. Louis where he had run into some old friends who invited him to go west with them to trap beaver. Both options appealed to him, promising life-changing experiences.
But Rube could not decide. That is until he came to a fork in the road. One trail led to the farm and his bride, the other wound its way back to St. Louis and adventure. Allowing the mule its own lead, he had the animal select the trail to follow.
He told this story to his comrades around a fire on the western plain in 1832.
It is hard to believe a man would allow an ignorant mule to make such a life-changing choice. What could the animal know regarding the consequences of its decision? It had no understanding of the gravity of its choice. In fact, its choice was no doubt based on something entirely unrelated to Rube’s options.
How do you make difficult decisions? Probably not by a mule, but we can easily rely upon sources just as ignorant of our options and consequences?
God promises to guide us through our decisions if we are willing to listen. He spoke to the prophet Isaiah saying, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.