Park Avenue leads to Skid Row

Have you ever had one of those times when things are going great until suddenly something happens? You never saw it coming and you were taken by surprise.  Have you ever been down that road?  Have you ever put your seat belt on for a ride only to find yourself belted to wreckage?

Have you ever seen your hopes, dreams, or goals crash and burn? Ever have a broken heart because you worked so hard to make something happen and it seems no matter how hard you try, no matter what you do, it feels like you are running in waist-deep muddy water?  Could it be that the problem is you? wait… what… did I just say the problem is… you? me?  What the heck is that supposed to mean? I will explain.

Disappointment is a real issue. It is something that we risk dealing with any time we attempt to make anything worth while happen. We cannot force success. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink… problem is, I just get aggravated and push the horse in to drown!

In his book “Horns and Halos,” Dr. J. Wallace Hamilton tells about one of the weirdest auction sales in history; and it was held in Washington, D.C., in 1926, where 150,000 patented models of old inventions were declared obsolete and placed on the auction block for public auction. Prospective buyers and on-lookers chuckled as item after item was put up for bid; such as a “bed-bug buster” or an “illuminated cat” that was designed to scare away mice. Then there was a device to prevent snoring. It consisted of a trumpet that reached from the mouth to the ear; and was designed to awaken the snorer and not the neighbors. And then there was the adjustable pulpit that could be raised or lowered according to the height of the preacher.

Needless to say, this auction of old patent models was worth at least 150,000 laughs; but if we would look into this situation a little deeper, we would discover that these 150,000 old patent models also represent 150,000 broken dreams.


Just because something seems like a good idea to us, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is.  Just like it is up to the general public to determine an invention’s value or usefulness, it is up to God to determine what happens in the path our lives take.

I have recently been going through a desert in my life.  I’ve been travelling a path of uncertainly and many times I’ve asked the question “Why?”  I have no idea what God is trying to do, but I do know this.  He is moving and is interested in me.  One day, I will look back and see clearly what He could see all along. Until that day, I have to daily resolve to wait and see what He wants.

I have to have faith.

Remember, “Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”


There you have it!  Truth wins!


~ by Scott Herrin on July 26, 2011.

3 Responses to “Park Avenue leads to Skid Row”

  1. It’s times like this when it’s the hardest to trust God. But the best stories and best growth comes out of the times where we’re down and out. Almost every one of the bible heroes had to go through some hard time or pain and they became who they were because of it.

  2. Like they say, hindsight is 20/20 as we’ve each seen in our own lives. Sometimes there is a broken road, or a wrong turn, and we think we’ll never find our way back to the life we just KNOW God has intended for us. Fortunately for us, God has the map. (Although I wish he’d let me look at it from time to time.)

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