One of the more common scenes in a Road Runner cartoon is when Wile E Coyote decides to trick the Road Runner into running into a boulder by painting a picture of a tunnel on the boulder.
The plan is that Road Runner will run into the boulder and knock himself out.
However, Road Runner – defying every single law of physics and nature – runs right into the picture of the tunnel and off into the distance. When Wile E Coyote then decides to chase Road Runner he splats himself into the boulder.
The application for our lives is simple: the devil often tries to trap us by painting a scenario that we want for our lives.
He may promote the idea of a promotion or a healing of our body. He may paint the picture of us moving forward in our destiny.
But then he puts this picture on a boulder. Something that stops us dead. He paints a picture of your healing but then the doctor says that you will die in 6 months. He paints a picture of your prosperity as the mortgage is another month in arrears. He paints a picture of you walking in love and holiness as you commit the same sin you vowed to be free from again.
The devil’s motive in this is to bring us to despair. For us to have deferred our hope in God’s plan which according to Proverbs will make the heart sick. Do this several times and the devil will knock hope and love out of our thinking and pick us off as if we had just run into a big boulder.
However, the solution is not to try and swerve or change course. The solution is to keep running. Keep working towards your vision, keep your faith, keep your love, keep running the race of Christianity.
There is nothing that can stop you: not even the laws of physics and nature. Just as surely as Jesus walked through walls to reach His disciples, you can walk through sickness into complete health, you can walk through poverty into complete wealth, you can walk through depression into joy and love, you can walk through the sin that binds you and walk into a holy and pure life of peace and love.
Lesson 2: Not effective on Road Runners (or Read the Small Print)
In one episode of Road Runner, the Wile E Coyote buys a bottle of earthquake pills. These earthquake pills are designed to cause an earthquake in the live of anyone who eats them.
Road Runner eats all the pills, because they are disguised as bird seed, and runs off. Wile E Coyote waits and waits, but there is no earthquake. He takes some of the pills himself as he is upset they are defective. Only then does he read the small print: CAUTION: Not Effective on Road Runners.
I want you to know that the devil has slipped things into your life, into your family, into your workplace, into your church. He wants earthquakes of depression and strife and envy to explode everywhere you go. But the devil has forgotten to read the small print: Not Effective on People Who Walk in Love.
If you walk in love, you can walk with anyone. Walking in love never has gone to the divorce court, walking in love has never split a church. You can be immune to the attacks of the enemy – immune to the lies he wants to feed you – by choosing to walk in love. You don’t have to find the love – it is already in your heart because God poured it out there (Romans 5.5).
The next time the devil tempts you to have an earthquake in your life: to shout and scream and swear at someone, to cut someone out of your life, to run away from a place you know you should be in, remember the fine print.
Caution: Not Effective on Road Runners.
And walk on by, singing BEEP BEEP as you, immune to the wiles of the devil.
If you remember Road Runner used to often run off the edge of a cliff. Wile E Coyote who was chasing him would chase him off the edge.
For a few minutes both of them would be standing on thin air, suspended by nothing, defying the laws of nature. Then, after a while, Wile E Coyote would look down. He would realize that he was standing on nothing and would fall and crash into the ground. Road Runner, who never looked down, would then turn around and run back onto the cliff: “BEEP! BEEP!”
Today’s life lesson from Road Runner is this: NEVER LOOK DOWN. As long as Road Runner never looks down he never falls.
As long as you never look down you will never fall. If you are going through difficult or impossible circumstances, don’t look at them. Walk by faith and not by sight. Walk by the Word and not by circumstances. Peter walked by faith on the water until he looked at the waves, then he started to sink.
You can walk on water. You can walk on air. You can walk in impossible situations if you keep your eyes on Jesus and His Word, and don’t look at your circumstances.
Be like Abraham: consider not your own body or your own circumstances, but give glory to God by walking in the light of His Word.