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Saturday, November 12, 2005


Many folks are indecisive, but this inconclusive word seems to put too much pressure on the person making the decision, whereas the word quandary would signify that the pressures of a given situation are really the problem, making this word the more acceptable one. When you are in a quandary, you still can’t decide what to do, but you can blame it on something else.

Being in a quandary is a little like being in a quarry inasmuch as mentally or emotionally you are between a rock and a hard place. Another way of stating that you are in a perplexing predicament is that you find yourself on the horns of a dilemma. This expression could present grave danger, depending on what was on the other end of the horns. Particularly true if you are running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, since it could go from a mental or spoken problem to an actual, impaling, physical one. An old expression comes to mind related to that situation, “you mess with the bull, you get the horn”.

On another day, at another time, in another place and concerning another situation, I felt I was in a quandary. It was at a family reunion, which is usually a pleasant time for me, so was it really a quandary? There was perplexity, but not really enough uncertainty to fully qualify for the meaning of the word.

Maybe what I was in was a dilemma – but no, there were more than two things involved – the aforementioned two horns are an example of the dual part of the definition. It wasn’t unpleasant enough to really be a predicament and there was not enough danger to be a plight.

It could have been an impasse except there really was an escape, though I wasn’t sure that’s what I wanted. Some might have considered my situation as being in an imbroglio, but it wasn’t bitter or confusing enough for that. Besides, some might confuse an imbroglio with some kind of pasta or maybe an opera.

I also ruled out the word crisis because there was not enough tragedy or emotional upheaval involved. The idea of being in a strait or a pinch was discarded because there would be no narrowing or compression in evidence.

A quagmire? No, it wasn’t that messy nor did I particularly desire extrication. Possibly I was in a fix, but then that would suggest a repairable problem. Also it could have been an entanglement except the entrapment or complications of it were not binding enough to hold that word to the situation.

Was I in a pickle – it really wasn’t sour enough for that. It couldn’t have been a kettle of fish because the odor wasn’t right. I was definitely in a jam but since that could involve cut up, jellied fruit pieces, the mood of that word was not exactly right either.

Finally my whole indecisive quandary was solved by simply populating my plate with a little bit of most of the desserts clamoring for my attention. Sure, I would have face the consequences of this action sometime, but that would be then and this is now, and a man has got to do what a man has got to do.

It has not escaped my attention that our country is in a quandary, dilemma, difficulty, predicament, strait, impasse, crisis, pinch, fix, entanglement, plight, imbroglio, involvement, quagmire, kettle of fish, pickle, jam and in hot water. Which is definitely a much greater problem than trying to decide which dessert to take and make a part of your body at a family gathering.

In fact, we are headed – as a country – spiritually and literally – down the drain of satan in a very rapid manner and only God can rescue us. But we – all of us – have something we can and must do to save our country. It’s time for genuine Christians to start humbling themselves and praying - confessing and turning from any sins in which they might be involved. Even repenting to God for the wrongdoing of those that don’t know or don’t care that they are having a part in bringing our country down. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is still true today and will work powerfully for the nation of the people that will follow the instructions of the Word of God. ec


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