How many times have you been eating ice cream, drinking a cold shake or drink a little too fast? Yes, the minute we slurp that cold item, it goes straight to our head causing a sharp momentarily headache. This headache is better known as brain freeze. We shake off the brain freeze and a few minutes later we do the same thing again! You would think we would learn our lesson the first time. But, we soon forget and forge on to another brain freeze.
Now, think about the things you do in life. How many things do we do knowing that in the end result is not going to be good? We eat that big meal. Then, as we feel sleepy from eating and our pants feel a little too tight, we promise ourselves and those around us that we will not to that again! Yet,at the next big family reunion, without remorse we over eat again! For some of us it may be shopping too much. We get the credit card paid off promising ourselves not to charge a thing again. Then, the next big sale or holiday, we are out there charging all over again and sometimes opening a new one just to receive that extra ten percent off. The list could go on of the things we do in life that aren’t good for us and yet we do them again and again. Yes, this is what I call brain freeze!
As humans, we are weak. When God created us, He knew that we would stumble at times and would experience the occasional brain freeze. Knowing that we would experience an brain freeze here and there, He sent us His Son, Jesus to show us that we can be healed from the momentary headache. It is through the messages of Christ that we are also told that God still loves us when we stumble. Brain freezes have taken place over the ages.
King David experienced an occasional brain freeze. Look at the many times he messed up, confessed and then would mess up again. Yet, God loved David all the same. It is through the line of David we were given our redemption through Christ. Did you catch that word, redemption? Yes, once we confess our sin, we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. The key is to NOT repeat the same action again that caused that sharp headache in the first place.
Today, tomorrow, in the days ahead, we are going to be tempted by the very thing that gave us that brain freeze in the recent days. It is then when we need to give that temptation to God. Seek His grace and remember the ramifications of that particular brain freeze. If we have recently experienced that brain freeze and have not confessed it to our God, now is the time to do so. God already knows what we have done but he wants us to confess to Him. It is all a part of being in relationship with our Creator.
The next time you are drinking that chocolate shake or eating that bowl of ice cream, go about it slowly. Avoid that ugly headache. When you go about it slowly, you will savor the flavor all the more. May we walk slowly with caution with our God and be aware of His presence. Remember, we can avoid those awful sharp headaches. Not only will we avoid the brain freeze, but we will be able to savor the blessings God gives us all the more.
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.”
Hebrews 4: 14-16