Spiritual Relapse: Where it Begins and Ends by Robert Walker

Spiritual Relapse: Where it Begins and Ends
Robert Walker
Ezekiel 8:3-16

INTRODUCTION
The Sound of Music was first produced at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959, with Mary Martin as "Maria", Theodore Bikel as "Captain von Trapp" and Patricia Neway as the "Mother Abbess".
The main characters of The Sound of Music are members of an actual family, the Trapps, who successfully toured the world of music in choral concerts.
The first scene takes place at the Nonnberg Abbey in Austria in 1938. The nuns are pursuing their respective tasks, but the postulant Maria is not with them, for she is lying in a hammock on the mountain-top enjoying the beauty of nature.
There are some lines in the Sound of Music that say a great deal and have a message for you and me.
These lines will make you laugh and at the same time they have a great message.
"How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? How do you come to know a girl like Maria?
There is so much you like to tell her. So much she ought to understand. But how do you make her stay to listen to what you say. How do you keep a wave upon the sand?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? And when you read lines like those and you hear those words its kind of a sad dilemma.

Israel was in that kind of sad dilemma and isn't that kind of like the battle that each of us battle day after day. How do you nail down the wave? How do you grasp the moonbeam? How do you hold a cloud and nail it down?

About the time we think we have found the clouds they are gone. Just about the time we think we have nailed down the waves they go back to the sea.

About the time we think we have the moonbeam in our hand it eludes us. In the spiritual life we think we are going to make it now. I am going to be soul winner and God is going to use me. I feel like I've got the power of the Holy Spirit in my life.

Then life comes in and snuffs our prayer life and we don't have time we think ...


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