Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bubblin' Crude

Today there’s a song going through my head. Remember those wacky, backward, oblivious kinfolk, the Beverly Hillbillies? That’s the show...and this was the song:

Come and listen to the story of a man named Jed.
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed.
And then one day he was shooting for some food
And up through the ground come a bubblin’ crude
Oil that is,
Black gold,
Texas teeth!
Well the first thing you know ol' Jed’s a millionaire
The kinfolk said, “Jed, move away from there!”
Said, “Californy’s the place you ought to be.”
So they loaded up their truck and they moved to Beverly.
Hills that is...
Swimming pools,
Movie stars.

Photo Courtesy Wikipedia

I used to love watching the Beverly Hillbillies! They were aliens in a foreign world. They brought their strange ways with them, which was often a challenge for them and those around them. Yet, they lived happily in a neighborhood that was unfamiliar to them. They were amongst people whose customs were strange and different from what they were used to. In so many ways, we’re just like those hillbillies. One day we come upon some bubblin’ crude, and we are changed forever!
Oil....The world fights for it....People die for it....The rich are corrupted because of it.

Bubblin’ crude seems to envision something alive, and in many ways it is, for it changes those who possess it. We need oil for many things in this it is worth much. We also have an inordinate desire for wealth, power, ease of living...and oil makes much of that possible. Yet often it leads us on a path to war, death and corruption.

The good thing is, there’s another kind of oil. Some refer to it as the pearl of great price. When men find this oil, it also changes them. They begin a journey to live in a world which no longer relates to them, and often they do so happily. However, some are foolish and begin to take things for granted. Then one day they wake up and realize that their oil is running out and that soon they will no longer be able to see; for the oil brings light and without it they walk in darkness.

Unfortunately, this is where some have found themselves. They suddenly realize that they have compromised themselves to the world and are peering through the darkness in futility, thinking there was still enough light. Unlike the oil of the world, this oil is free for the asking and there is enough for they are without excuse.

Do you have more than you need for your journey... or do you live life foolishly, thinking that a little light is enough to light the pathway ahead?

My cry is, give me oil in my lamp and keep me burning! I desire to live in the light! I want to be the best ambassador that I can be. I don't want to compromise!

Is your crude a bubblin’? Is it spilling over?

John 1:4,5
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness comprehends it not.”

Matthew 6:33
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

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  1. Outstanding post Carmen. I used to love that show too. I am trying to keep my crude bubbling. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  2. Carmen,
    Great analogy. How I want my crude to be bubbling claim my citizenship in heaven and not here. That is surely my ongoing struggle.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Love that show. Great post.

    Happy New Year!

  4. I have the Cedarmont Kids' video that my girls watch playing in my head: "Give me oil in my lamp, keep it burning...."

    I don't want to be like the 7 who foolishly exhaust their supply, yet to not use enough, or to burn out, would be just as detrimental. As you wisely point out, our supply doesn't have to be exhausted, but we need to go to the Source for renewal. Although it would be lovely to share our supply with those around us, folks need to see our light and long for it, and then they need to ask the Source for their own everlasting supply.

    God is so good to sustain us, and to provide us with another year in which to serve Him. Prayers for you and all of us to be encouraged and strengthened in that service!

  5. Yes! I don't want to compromise either!!!

    Such powerful writing!

    -Alisa Hope


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