I am trying to come to grips with the fact that I live in a catawampus world. I heard the term ‘catawampus’ when I was growing up, but wasn’t sure it was a real word. Later, I was surprised to find out that it is actually a legitimate word. The dictionary definition: askew; awry; positioned diagonally; cater-cornered. I have determined through personal observation that our world is indeed askew. While I could cite numerous examples of our catawampus state, I will highlight just a couple.
I will be the first to admit that the explosion of technology has left me behind. While most of my maladroit interaction with computers and smart phones may be due to my advanced age and lack of training, scammers and hackers work overtime to steal money from people like me. These crooked schemers reflect some of the worst aspects of a fallen world.
The enemy of our soul still breathes the same lies as he did in the Garden of Eden: “Trust me, you can do as you please, and nothing bad will happen to you”. Wise is the person who is aware of the scripture, “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” (Ephesians 6:12). The lawlessness, violence, deep political division, and class hatred further manifests the devastating effects of sin on humankind. The impact of man’s disobedience has resulted in a catawampus world.
I do have a plan for negotiating this crooked and perverse world. I am going to walk with Jesus! I will be unwaveringly committed to the Lord. Scripture says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6). I know that when I walk with the Lord; “The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth” (Luke 3:5, NKJV).
I love the words of the old hymn “Trust and Obey”, by John Henry Sammis:
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Join with Jesus and me, and let us walk in the light of His Word. With His help, we can stay on the straight and narrow way as we transverse a Catawampus World.
~ Brother Roy