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Topic: Directions (02/02/04)

TITLE: Bread and Butter Intervention
By Martha Currington


Sometimes an unexpected dilemma crops up and we tend to think about possible solutions over and over in our “heads”? We pray, quote scripture , and try to stand firmly on God’s written word. Yet, the problem often continues to play itself like a broken record in our analytical minds. This happened to me recently with seemingly no let-up. The devil was really hounding my sensibility. I was being mentally pulled in two directions!

The devil was pulling me in a direction that I didn’t want to go. Oh, how he preys on our weakness! He is cunning, bold, and persistent, tempting us to believe the thoughts he dogs us with. On the side of truth, however, and with our best interest in mind, the Holy Spirit nudges us in a better direction. But our humanness can get in the way of truth.

It all began with a negative remark about me and a Spirit-led deed I had done. This remark had been made to someone that I trusted. I love this other person so the remark had hurt my feelings. Being led by the Holy Spirit, I fed and watered a three month old pit bull puppy that belonged to her, but was being neglected. She was busy trying to find a place to rent. In the meantime, the puppy was left, in a small pen, on property that I co-owned with other siblings. Every few days, and sometimes each day, I released the puppy, fed and watered her, and let her romp and play. It broke my heart to have to place her back into the pen.

It’s owner had said, “What’s the matter? Does she think that I won’t come and take care of it?” Truth is truth. It wouldn’t have been fed if I had not gone there. I thought the owner would appreciate the gesture in the best interest of her pet. Thus the potential problem of her confronting me loomed in my thoughts.

How would I answer her? This question haunted my mind. I didn’t consciously dwell on it. It just popped into my consciousness , seemingly our of thin air. I was contemplating two answers, one kind and considerate, the other, hard and “iffy”. I realized from which direction both were coming from.

I didn’t want to hear the “iffy” thoughts, I rebuked the devil and he would flee for awhile, but would return. I quoted scripture, even sang gospel songs while washing dishes. All the while the Holy Spirit kept working with my spirit. The mental and spiritual battle raged! I was still washing dishes , when all of a sudden, I yelled, “Bread and butter! Bread and butter! Bread and butter!” When I realized what I had just uttered, I couldn’t help but laugh! Then I realized that the mental battle had ceased, my mind was quiet, and I felt great peace within my spirit! “Oh, thank you, Lord!”

This common phrase, “bread and butter” is often spoken aloud, in the south, after two people walking side by side, have to separate to walk past an obstruction between them. Superstitious, but harmless since we know it doesn’t matter. Since I was being pulled in separate directions mentally, the words just came forth. The devil stopped badgering me and the burden was lifted.

The precious puppy finally got to move to a better home with an appropriate yard. Her owner had rented a suitable house. The dreaded confrontation never happened! We are still friends. She discovered that there had been insufficient communication within her family, each thought the other was caring for the puppy. And she realized that I did good in caring for her pet. God knew the circumstances and used me to bridge the gap for His little puppy, and I’m thankful for that.

On the other hand, the devil tried to take something good, twist it into something bad, thereby causing confusion and hurt feelings. But the Holy Spirit reached my spirit and mind by using something that I was familiar with, just as Jesus used familiar terms in parables for that generation..

I wonder if that’s the first time the devil had gotten whipped by “bread and butter”?
Either way, he hightailed it in the opposite direction! “Thank you, Lord!”

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.(KJV)

Copyright 2004 Martha J. Currington

Member Comments
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L.M. Lee02/09/04
the title was a cute way to lead into the story.
Mary C Legg02/10/04
very beautiful story, but I didn't know about the bread and butter.. is very good
Donna Anderson02/14/04
What a delightful story, Martha! It seems one of the devil's favorite things to do - to make something out of nothing in order to distract us, especially when it's God who has directed us in the first place! I find myself in similar situations all too often, so, may I borrow some bread and butter? :)