Samson is in love with a lady he saw in Kinangop, I mean Timnah. And when a man is in love, he would do anything for that love. A man got to do what a man got to do they say, right? Yeah, so Samson and his parents travel to Timnah to get this girl. It was a bad idea, as far as the parents were concerned. Intermarriage between the Philistines and Israelites was catastrophic but the boy was in love.
On their way to the girl’s home, off the path, a young lion attacks Samson. So many questions arise. Why did Samson deviate? What was he even looking for in the bush as it may? Anyhow, he killed the lion with his bare hands and caught up with his parents as though nothing had happened.
Later on, when they returned to Timnah for the wedding, his curiosity led him to check on the dead lion. In the carcass, he found bees had already formed a habitat. There was honey in the carcass. I’ve seen some dead animals before. The smell they project alone is enough to make one nauseated, their sight is horrific. Living in an era where when someone stretches their hand to touch a biscuit in your bowl, you give them that eye and ask them “have you washed your hands?” It may be very difficult to understand how Samson enjoyed the honey in the carcass. OCD or no OCD, common sense will tell you, nothing good can come out of a rotten situation like that. But this is Samson, he ate some and gave some to his parents who just enjoyed it without knowing where it had come from. Did it matter? Maybe not, because at this point, all that mattered is that they enjoyed the honey.
We all want good things to happen to us, we anticipate good things in life. We want a good life, a peaceful home, good jobs, good bosses, good businesses, good spouses, good children, good money. We feel we deserve good things and rightly so. But life, like the piano, is made up of black and white keys. Life is the ups and the downs, the good and the bad. It is what makes life, life.
Some of the best business models in the world have come out of very horrific and bad experiences. Some of the thriving marriages emanated from difficult dating experiences. Some couples broke up maybe twice or thrice and still found their way back to each other. Some of the greatest real-estate gurus were kicked out of their rental apartments because they could not pay their rent. Some of the best entrepreneurs and best employers in the world were fired from the jobs they had previously been employed to.
People have a way of writing off others in a way you’d think they’re the deputy Holy ghost. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”, “You and him? Get married? You kidding right?”, “Haven’t you failed enough times? Isn’t it about time you gave up and tried something else?”
I don’t know how many times you’ve been written off and I don’t know how many times you’ve been discouraged by the bad situations but I’m here to tell you that, in this walk of life, not all good things come out of a good thing.
Good things come out of bad situations too. As bad as a sewer can be, kales grow there too and you cannot tell the difference by just looking at the leaves. What’s that carcass? What’s that bad situation in your life? Give it to the one who holds the universe together. That dead, smelling carcass can yield something good because God causes All things to work together for good. All things, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Child of God; Honey In The Carcass