While lying at the foot of the bed, our puppy, Maggie, sat up twice in response to an unusual sound coming from the kitchen. I was nursing a stomach ache, so I chose to ignore her. I later learned that ignoring her was a mistake.
I had placed some eggs on the stove to boil earlier that day and left the kitchen to take a short rest. Unfortunately I forgot about them. Sometime later Maggie cried to go outside. We no sooner reached the front yard when I heard an explosion from inside the house.
Returning, I quickly realized that the water had boiled out of the pan and the eggs had burst throwing their shells and innards not just onto the nearby stove, wall, and cabinets, but also across the room onto the table, under the table, and upon the ceiling. Maggie started to eat what was on the floor while I opened windows and prepared to clean the mess; not a fun task with an already upset stomach.
As I cleaned I remembered the childhood rhyme about Humpty Dumpty who was also a splattered egg. The rhyme goes, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not put Humpty Dumpty together again”!
Spraying pieces of Humpty Dumpty with Windex and wiping his remains into the trash, I contemplated how final the end of a matter really can be. Humpty Dumpty fell to his death by foolishly sitting his rounded bottom on a high wall. The three eggs in the pan – well they simmered too long under hot and pressurized conditions. In such extremes, fatality is inevitable.
The rhyme points out that even the resources of kings could not un-scramble the consequences of a poor choice. If we desire different outcomes, then we should make better choices, and the Word of God is available to guide us.
Here are a few examples: be self-controlled and alert (1 Peter 5:8), live a godly life (2 Peter 3:11 ), settle matters quickly (Matthew 5:25 ), walk in the truth (3 John 1:4), forgive (Colossians 3:13), esteem wisdom (Proverbs 4:8), seek understanding (Proverbs 2:1-3), be humble (Ephesians 4:2), persevere in trials (James 1:12), love God and our neighbor (Luke 10:27), and put aside works of darkness while there is still time (Romans 13:12).
If you are reading this entry, you still have time! There is no need to simmer under pressure, or teeter in a precariously high place – come on down! God’s own Word is there to help, and He is infinitely wise! After all, He created the egg! Hmmm… or was it the chicken?
Romans 8:12-13 NLT Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 10/3/2009 8:52 PM
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