the good side of gullibility

I’m searching for the good side of gullibility, but I’m not sure if there is one. Solomon tells me, “in the multitude of counsellors there is safety” (Proverbs. 11.14), but there can also be a lot of confusion. You’ve gotta pick good counselors, wise ones.

I used to think I had all the answers, or at least most of them. Grounded and solid, I was. My husband told me about this guy that was grounded in something different, and I thought he was nuts (the guy, not my husband). But if he’s nuts, a lot of people are nuts. And if I was nuts, a lot of people are nuts. So, I thought, let’s just face it: we’re all nuts (but less nuts than all the people who are really nuts).

Trees rooted and uprooted a lot probably aren’t very healthy. I’m not much of a horticulturalist, but it seems likely, don’t you think? I don’t want to be an unhealthy tree; I’d rather just soak in a bucket of water observing the soil till I know where I need to be planted. I can’t sit there forever because I’ll probably rot or something. But it’s better than all that transplanting: at least I won’t dry out.

I’m gonna try tell that guy (that nuts guy) he’s probably not so nuts as I thought. He’s got a lot of good roots and resources. And like I’m gonna tell him, too: “God has given us an awful lot of information about his plan and his character, and if absorbing and understanding that information gives him more honor and glory, I want to do that.” Sounds pretty solid for being so nuts, don’t you think?

In conclusion (because I don’t know how else to end this thing), I want branches that reach up and out to Christ. I want boughs heavy with fruit. I want to soak up the sun and the rain and the wind until I’m firmly grounded: “just like a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved” (V.O. Fossett, based on Psalm 1.3).

    • kersh
    • October 27th, 2005


    I really agree with what you said about the stress a tree has being planted and uprooted multiple times. I have little experience with trees but some with smaller plants (sorghum/milo). They regress in response to the new environment and damage to the root system. However, transplanting is necessary when the pot is too small or the soil has problems. I think this fact parallels your thoughts regarding the analogy.

    • Jamie
    • October 28th, 2005

    Well put. Cars aren’t the only things that have inertia, good or bad.

    (Please add a bit of com to my posts as you read them. They may unintentionally taste a bit bitter otherwise.)

    • c.l.beyer
    • October 28th, 2005

    Oh, sorry. I guess by the time you read this post, it wasn’t the most recent one. Looks like you figured that out. 🙂

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