The analogy of the piece of straw that broke the camel’s back fascinates me. A camel is a large animal with a huge capacity to carry things, evidently this includes straw. I can picture the area right between the humps where I would start loading the straw. Now this is for 2-humped camels. A 1-humped camel would stack a bit differently, but the principle is the same.
I would probably start with bales and could easily get 6 on right away before the camel even felt that much weight. Then I would grab handfuls of straw and start tucking it in any corner or crevice and on top of the 6 bales; at least another 3 bales worth of handfuls. Eventually the camel’s back would start sagging. Now so far this makes sense. What gets me is how little each additional piece of straw weighs and recognizing that as I add it one by one, there actually is a point that the camel’s back would fail. I’m sure that if you gave it enough time, the back would fail even without any additional straw. So the phrase could be coined “the split second that broke the camel’s back”.
In any case there is a minute difference between breaking and not. We tread near that ground today but we have receded from it in the last hour. We were talked off the edge by words of God.
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
God is our strength and we trust him. We say this yet we pray that our heart will follow our tongue. We will continue to say what we know to be true. Truths from scripture. We are humbled to think that many people suffer much more than we do and many without hope. We have hope and joy, knowing that our savior Jesus has suffered more that we and has conquered death. We are far from the last straw.
Tomorrow is Micalyn’s birthday. Thirteen years old. Wow! We want to make that an awesome day for her. We have a party planned for this weekend with women of influence in her life. They are coming from Kansas City, Arkansas, Iowa, and Minnesota to share with Micalyn life lessons from their own lives that will bless her. There will be some partying too. It breaks Tara’s heart that she will not be there, as she will be a day out of some major surgery. A friend will stay with Tara and will help her Facetime in to the party. The real impact of Tara’s life isn’t that night of the party. Rather is has been the steady, patient and godly love and care that she has given to Micalyn her entire 13 years.