There’s also no lack of finding those with hard heads today. But these inflexibly minded people are set like a thermometer on one temperature and refuse to try anything else. They think they’ve found the answer; like the violinist in the concert who kept playing one string the same way throughout the concert. When asked by his wife why he continued to do that, he said, “The others were looking for the right note, but I found it.”
Now there is a time in our life when we need inspiration and a hard head; hard-headed inspiration. Where would we be without it? Exploring new territory sometimes requires it. In fact, there ought to be a class in school that teaches us how and when to use this special disposition.
I read where an eloquent authority in the United States once declared that the introduction of the railroad would require the building of many insane asylums, since people would be driven mad with terror at the sight of locomotives rushing across the country.
In Germany it was proved by “experts” that if trains went at the frightful speed of 15 miles an hour, blood would spurt from the traveler’s noses and passengers would suffocate when going through tunnels.
In 1881, when the New York YWCA announced typing lessons for women, vigorous protests were made on the grounds that the female constitution would break down. When Henry Ford wanted to borrow money to develop the automobile, he was told the horse was here to stay; and men also insisted that iron ships would not float.
But hard-headed inspiration won the day; however not without a battle.
Consider these quotes:
“Everything that can be invented has been.” Charles H Duell, U.S. Patent Office Director 1899
“Who wants to hear actors talk?” H.M. Warner, Warner Bros. Pictures, C. 1927
“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.” Grover Cleveland, 1905
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible” Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, C. 1895
I like a quiet room when I’m writing, planning or just doing some serious thinking. Noise distracts me. Maybe you like noise, but are able to mentally tone it down to a whisper. But whenever you’re about to really accomplish something, it seems like that effort always attracts the buzzards of “Can’t Be Done” (unwanted noise). “Can’t Be Done,” that’s a place located somewhere near “Failure Land” which is right next door to “Regretville.”
And spiritually, many have written you off. Can you imagine what the talk might have been if Israel had drawn up their plans for leaving Egypt before actually leaving. It might have sounded something like this: “Okay, here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to slay some lambs and put the blood on the posts of the doors so that when God sends His death angel, the blood will keep it away from us. Then we’re going to walk down, not to the clearly established escape route, but, to the Red Sea. We’ll be trapped there, cry out to God, and He’ll provide a wind that will roll the sea back. The Egyptians may follow us, but not to worry, God will provide a pillar of fire at night that will blind the Egyptians and keep them from being able to get to us. Then in the morning we’ll walk through the Red Sea. And if the Egyptian military attempts to follow us, we’ll have them right where we want them; the sea will drop down on them and we’ll be rid of our enemies.
The response to that is “Can’t be done.” No doubt, God was good to them by not letting them in on the plans. He just gave the a few simple instructions and they thought they were improvising from there. But God did have a plan. And, God has a plan for you.
There are, however, times when God points at what is to be accomplished and He expects us to proceed with hard-headed inspiration; like Israel’s commanded taking of the Promised Land (the first time). They looked at the giants, listened to the negative talk (noise) and laid their weapons down. No fight, no struggle, no victory, and no land. They thought, “Can’t be done.”
Nu. 13: 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Too bad it took them another 40 years before learning that it could be done. And if you hesitate, you may prolong your victory as well. With God all things are possible. Now, expect a battle with the inhabitants of Failure Land, but proceed anyhow, with hard-headed inspiration.