When we use the expression “life stinks” we usually mean that our life is not going to well. We are wondering why we have problems. So why does life stink?
Life can literally stink.
Have you ever stepped on a cat’s excrement? Have you ever passed a spot where a skunk has sprayed? Have you ever been close to someone with bad breath? Have you ever gone in a bathroom where someone with stinky excrement is easing nature? Some things in life do really stink, don’t they?
Yes, but life can also stink big time by some of the challenges we encounter! Whydoes life stink so much at times?
Is there a silver lining to a stinky situation? Could there be some redeeming value to a stinky situation?
Have you ever eaten a durian?
I remember my first encounter with a durian. I was at this get-together and the host showed us one. It was ugly and spiky and reminded me of a porcupine. Then he put on some working gloves and proceed to cut one up with a saw.
This released a pungent smell into the room that was something like when a man takes off socks that he has worn for a few days. He then scooped something out of it and offered us some.
No thanks, I kept saying over and over. He insisted I try some. So I did, and loved the unexpected pleasant taste. Since then, I have eaten durians many times. I would eat them even
The point of that story is that if life smells at times, might there be something good that might come out of it. Do the problems we have give us something positive? Do they teach us something? Do they make us better people? Might there be some unknown benefits down the road?
If you encounter a skunk and you are wise enough to know what might happen. Might you handle that encounter very carefully? Might a problem you encounter be telling you to be careful and watch how you react and deal with the situation?
Might stinky problems be like detours in a road?
They slow us down and spoil some of the fun. However, when the reason for the detour is corrected it makes the road easier and smoother for a long time to come. Something to think about!
Matthew 7:14 explains that there is a narrow and cramped road. A narrow and cramped road would not make for easy traveling. However, that narrow and cramped road leads to life. Remember this the next time you say “life stinks”. Something to think about!