GOING BEYOND – unlike a mule

50,000 people "go beyond"

Are we mules or do we sometimes go beyond our capacity?

The mule is a genuinely intelligent animal that has proven its superiority regarding durability, memory and dietary control. PACK MULES have been used for years to lug gear for exploratory and recreational expeditions. They will carry 75 pounds on each side, but ONLY 75 pounds.

According to veteran packers, if you put additional weight on a mule it will buck the load off, refuse to move, or head to a tree to scrape the load off. These animals have sensitised their inner scales to the ounce and will haul nothing more.

The people of Brisbane last weekend responded to a call to help the victims of the devastating flood which inundated 29,000 homes and businesses, filling them with a highly toxic thick mud containing raw sewage, chemicals and many other unknown things.  Those houses had to be stripped of ALL their contents and in many cases had to be gutted, pulling down the walls and ceilings.


Some of the 50,000 volunteers waiting for a bus

50,000 volunteers turned out with their shovels, scrapers, brooms and cleaning things to help.


Treasures now rubbish

Everything in the houses was pulled out onto the footpaths – a lifetime of possessions with almost nothing salvaged. White goods, TVs, computers, furniture, mattresses, clothing, toys, photos, personal belongings and treasures: all only fit for the dump.   Every street in the flood areas was lined with heaps of once-treasured belongings.


Next step: dump

The next day the volunteers helped load it all onto trucks.

It is estimated it will take at least 2 years for Brisbane to recover from these floods, but those 50,000 volunteers – and many others working since the devastation began – have done their part in greatly easing the trauma for those who lost so much.

A word to fellow CHRISTIANS . . .

Jesus warned about the mule in each of us –
the mere spirit of DUTY that produces only what is expected and nothing more.

He encourages us to GO BEYOND that,
to love Him with the same unqualified love that He loves us.
The mule has an excuse: it is only a mule.
What possible excuse could we
who are made in the image of God,
redeemed in the likeness of Christ,
infilled with the Holy Spirit
and equipped with all the resources of heaven
have for merely doing our duty?

We should be ready and willing to serve our great God to the limit of our capacity – and beyond – out of love and thankfulness for all He has done for us.

CT Studd:  If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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4 Responses to GOING BEYOND – unlike a mule

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    Thanks for the update… We are continuing to pray for you and the others that are going through these difficult times.

    By the way, your illustration about the mules reminded me of the phrase “endureth all things” found in 1 Cor 13:7. That phrase literally means to “persevere under a heavy load”.. the picture is of a Christian, who when faced with ever increasing difficulties, remains resolute in His conviction to love the Lord… no matter what.

    Job 13:15 (KJV)
    15) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.


    • “Endureth all things” – Isn’t it wonderful that when we need help, HIS help is there, ready and waiting and sooooooo effective! We know the truth of “The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms” Deut 33:27


  2. snowgood says:

    I find your “on the spot” reports more interesting than the BBC news!

    How good to see the nation rallying around folk in stricken areas.


    • Thanks Stephen. Have you heard the news that there has been more rain? After 10 years of drought we are getting a decade-dose! The forecast is for more heavy rain, storms and cyclones until the end of March.

      The “Aussie spirit” was really at work last weekend. Those who couldn’t help physically took along food and drinks for the workers. (There was no electricity in the flooded areas)


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