Rocks and Road Runners

by Joanna Pierce on May 15, 2019

When I was in grade school, I’d wake up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings. Why would I do this? Sadly, for no other reason than to watch cartoons on TV. Around 5:00am, I (being the eldest) would creep down the hallway to my parent’s bedroom to inquire if we were allowed to get up. My parents would growl something about it being “too early” (geesh) and command us to get back in bed.

Eventually, when we were given the green light to go downstairs and turn on the TV—mostly due to the amount of noise we’d generate in our room—my sister and I would be enthralled in watching the adventures of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and numerous others. To little girls, there wasn’t a better way to kick-start your (early) Saturday morning than in hysterics: laughing until our sides hurt at the slap-stick comedy and teasing each other’s less-than uncanny impressions.

One of our favorite shows was the Coyote and the Road Runner (meep meep). If you’re unfamiliar with Looney Tunes, Wile E Coyote would endlessly attempt to set up various contraptions from the ACME Corporation to nab the Road Runner. But, he was always unsuccessful because either 1) the Road Runner was too fast or 2) his traps would malfunction and backfire on him. The most iconic mishap was the tumbling boulder, to which Coyote would try to shield himself with a little parasol. Oh, the irony.

Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone [up a hill to do mischief], it will come back on him (Proverbs 26:27, AMP).

Whether we knew it or not, my sister and I were learning a valuable lesson taught in Scripture. If you try to set someone else up for failure, it will come back to get you when you least suspect it. It’s important to note it’s not a probability you’ll get what’s coming to you but an absolute guarantee.

This proverb follows the law of the harvest—you will reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7). What we sow in our flesh will end in corruption. Generally, that’s why we do unto others what we want them to do in return (Luke 6:31). It’s easy to say, but do we actually follow-through with our actions 100% of the time?

Coyote was definitely up to no good in his cockamamie schemes to catch the Road Runner. But, he could try claim a justification in his behavior. Hey, a coyote has to eat! Like the Coyote, we can feel validated to roll a few stones uphill when we don’t want to offer up all possible information to a coworker to help them solve an issue because hey, they aren’t responsible and don’t work hard. Or, we don’t show up to help out at a church event because hey, so-and-so never helps at our events. Or, we tell a lie about an individual to get them into trouble because hey, they’ve done it to us in the past.

Whether we realize it or not, some actions we carry out, words we say, thoughts we think, or prayers we do/don’t pray can all be forms of pits and stones. Take a lesson from Scripture (and the Coyote) today and realize you’re getting ready to be crushed momentarily by an anvil. If you have sin in your heart—from the traps you’ve laid and the stones you’ve pushed uphill—God isn’t going to protect you from the fall or from being squished (Psalm 66:18).

Lord, help us search our hearts today so we can get rid of any Coyote-mentalities. We need to be pure of heart and allow the Holy Ghost to guide every thought and every action. Help us to fill in the pits we’ve set and retrieve the rocks we’ve pushed uphill. Help us to forgive and love our enemies and realize we’re all worthy of death, ending in more than just a puff of smoke (like the Coyote). Thank you, Jesus, for your forgiveness and helping us right our ways. The Road Runners in life aren’t worth it!