Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout May I have dedicated to guest writers. As I’ve gotten to know Moe, through his blog and Twitter, I have come to appreciate his perspective on life. He uses humor and story to share his thoughts on technology, Biblical characters and the particularly disturbing saga of a canary. I am delighted to have him sharing here today!
Heads or Tails
Most people have a hard time making tough decisions. It’s no easy task, because those decisions usually carry grave consequences if not made well. This is why us Christians approach God for guidance when it comes to making those tough decisions. I can’t speak about you, but when I need direction I can get a bit dramatic. I go into my prayer closet (it’s not a real closet), stretch my spiritual hamstrings and begin to pray. It looks something like this:
“Lord, look at this (insert problem here), I bring it up to you so that you can open the windows and doors of heaven (because we all know blessings fly out from heavenly windows and doors) and give me direction.”
This goes on for a few minutes until patience (or lack thereof) kicks in. Then it gets a bit more dramatic. I start pacing up and down the room, I start looking up at the ceiling (really, what is it with that?), and when frustrated and a bit confused, I may even break a tear or two.
Here is where it gets interesting. A little lightbulb pops up in my head (maybe because I’m looking at the ceiling). I am reminded that casting lots was a perfectly appropriate way of making decisions in Biblical times (it’s mentioned 70 times in the Old Testament and seven times in the New Testament). This is how they knew that Jonah was the one that caused the storm in the boat. Also the way Matthias became Judas’ replacement. Surely this is the way I will know how to make my decision.
After dramatic prayer and tears, I realized that I don’t have “lots” to cast. I don’t have any sticks lying around the home that I can use. Since I like to think of myself as someone who makes sense out of things (it has worked 10% of the time) I decided that the 21st century way of casting lots is the heads or tails coin flip.
I make sure that I find a really old rusty looking quarter. Only because I remembered how Indiana Jones chose the old, beat up cup that belonged to a carpenter in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I assign a decision to each side (I am a tails type of guy, so the decision I want to make gets the tail treatment) and I throw it up in the air.
Time slows down (a la Matrix) and I see the coin go up and flip several times in the air. Just before it hits the floor, I do what any good Christian would do. I say, “in Jesus name”. I take a few steps back, and look at the coin sitting on the floor begging me to look at it. I look up again (at the light bulb of course) and take a few steps to find that the coin showed heads.
I walk away disappointed and start to think I did something wrong. After a while, I get my keys and head out to search for some real, wooden lots.
Welcome to my life.
How do you make decisions?
Do you prefer heads or Tails?
Moe (Beta Christian) is a native New Yorker that enjoys the beauty, history, people and the rich cultural diversity found in the city of New York. He has a healthy obsession for writing, reading, photography, technology, and coffee. Most days, he can be found drinking a fine brewed cup o’ joe while writing on his shiny new Macbook Air at your neighborhood coffee shop. He blogs at betaChristian.net.