Barrels of Monkeys

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“My problems go from bad to worse.
    Oh, save me from them all!”

Psalm 25:17

If you are over 40 or so, you would’ve known about this simple toy. Today, a little girl came up to me to show me her singular monkey. She insisted its origins were from the animated movie “Toy Story.” I told he she was suffering from delusions and began to instill the real story. She basically told me that I was the one who was thoroughly nuts, and she quickly became very skeptical of anything I would say next. (It’s hard to connect with this younger generation, lol.)

In my mind I achieved a moral victory, but it was short-lived. It wasn’t enough to do a “fist-pump” or a touchdown dance I craved to do. The way I figured things, old age has to count for some bonifide wisdom. My gray hair reminds me that I can speak with supreme authority about toy monkeys without recriminations.

Sometimes God gives us a barrel of squirmy, tricky monkeys. He watches what we do with them. This barrel could be a marriage, child rearing, a job, sickness, addictions, physical or mental illnesses. There are a lot of barrels out there. You could easily triple this list, and still need to add something.

The antics of monkeys, their tricks and misbehaviors are well known. Barrels of monkeys are embarrassing, they throw their own feces for God’s sake.  But they are still the elite masters of physical comedy in the animal kingdom. They are the Jay Lenos and Robin Williams of the zoo. You can’t subdue them, except with a tranquilizing gun, or some fermenting bananas.

Monkey barrels are tough. We usually are not steady enough, or patient enough to play the game. I submit it takes guts to play with the whole barrel, and taking short-cuts violate some kind of rule somewhere. Our faith should steady us. But the barrel only baffles us.

But the Spirit has come to assist us.

His presence helps us get by every barrel and every chimp, but we have to ask for help. I encourage you to get desperate. These monkeys can be tamed, and you need to do this. Time is never the issue. But how you behave is the true evaluation.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.”

Romans 5:3, NLT

 

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About Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.
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6 Responses to Barrels of Monkeys

  1. lynn__ says:

    I have a yellow barrel of monkeys…don’t know the rules of the game but my grandkids like it when I hang a monkey chain from the ceiling fan light. One monkey has only one hand, so he hangs last 🙂

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  3. theywhoseek says:

    This is great. As I do remember this simple little toy and now I can see my own “Barrels of Monkeys” that God has given me over the years. Some of them I happily got into only to be kicked out, others made me stay even though I wanted out. I could go on and on . . . Thank you for sharing and sorting out all this monkey business it really has me thinking! ~ Blessings ~

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  4. bobby90247 says:

    ROTFLOL!!! “O.M.G!!!” Can you tell me, “Why were they so much fun???”

    I just watched Whoopi Goldberg present “MOM’s Mabley!” She was so hilarious! AND, what about “My Three Sons, etc., etc.,…” or “Chutes & Ladders” or the “Log Cabin” and all the rest of the “Toys!” Do any children today even know who Davey Crockett was?

    Thank You, Bryan!

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  6. Love this, and yes I had a barrel just like that!!

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