Kiss The FrogFaithfulness
Judges 17:10-11 “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.” So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him”
At my old church, Pastor Paul Scanlon often used the phrase ‘kissing the frog’, referring to times in our lives where we have to stick something out and invest in something unpleasant to get where we want to go. To get a Prince, the Princess had to be willing to kiss the frog. Often when have an ambition or goal we are working towards (our prince) we have to spend time investing in something unpleasant and unsatisfying (our frog).
In this scripture from Judges, a young Levite is travelling from Bethlehem in search of a new job and new opportunities. He comes across Micah’s house, who offers to employ him as their ‘family priest’ and pay him ten shekels of silver a year (a very low wage!). This young Levite agreed to this and became their family priest. The great thing about it though is that it says ‘he became like one of his sons’. This means that the Levite didn’t do it half-heartedly, he didn’t just stick it out, he put everything into it. He invested his time and energy into it, forming a great relationship with his employer. He kissed the frog.
Judges 18:19-20 “…Come with us, and be our father and priest. Isn’t it better that you serve a tribe and clan in Israel as priest rather than just one man’s household?” The priest was very pleased…”
A few months later, it just so happened that a tribe of Danites came across Micah’s house. It just so happened that they were missing a priest to minister to them. They offered to take this young Levite as the priest of their tribe…and the young Levite delightfully accepted! So this guy had a massive promotion, from being a priest of just a family to now a whole tribe!
This ‘Prince-like’ opportunity only came along because he was willing to kiss the frog. He was willing to invest in the small opportunity he had that paid hardly nothing, and it paid off! What are the frog-like opportunities in your life? Perhaps a work placement you are doing? Perhaps a temporary job you are taking? Perhaps the house you are living in? Be willing to kiss your frog, invest your time and energy into it, and wait for your prince-like opportunity to come along.