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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: Dust , Dusting Off Dust
By Marilyn Schnepp
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Even toddlers that are learning to walk have a secret password. If they make a misstep, ( which is quite prevalent at this stage of the game), and land on their derrier' , automatically somebody whispers that magic password, "oopsie daisy", and the toddler gets up and tries again.
However, when an adult makes the same faux pas by misjudging their feet placement when stepping off the curb of a busy downtown intersection and lands unceremonously sprawled in an un-lady-like fashion in the middle of the street with dozens of onlookers watching... that old "oopsie daisy", "uh oh" or "oops" doesn't have the same comforting, consoling effect it had as a toddler. Instead, the incident has graduated into a full blown case of mortification, chagrin and humiliation.
Never mind a skinned knee, a bloody elbow or a ruined pair of nylons...the only thing you want is to find a hole to crawl into or hope the ground opens up and swallows you whole.
But this is reality, so you pick yourself up with as much dignity as possible under the circumstances, dust yourself off as you try desperately to hide your beet red face from the crowd of onlookers. You downplay the incident to the concerned citizens who hover around asking if you're okay. "Just clumsy, thanks, I'm fine" you answer, as you make a hasty retreat into <i>hopefully</i> oblivion,
The difference between the reaction of the toddler's fall and the adults fall, (aside from age, of course), is <U> Pride</U>....<i> simple, foolish, human pride;</i> something the toddler hasn't learned yet.
I can hear the readers now, "What's all this gobbledegook about passwords, missteps and the innocent lack of pride in a child. Get to the point!"
Patience, please. It will all come together and make sense when you think of all the goof ups, boo-boos, uh oh's, and oopsie daisy's we've encountered in our lives. In this one short lifetime we've had enough missteps to put us away for good, but we have a secret password, "Jesus", and a mericiful, wonderful, longsuffering and forgiving Heavenly Father who loves us so much He gave His only begotten son to save us from that fate....
"<i>Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him, <U>For He knoweth our frame; He<B> remembereth</B> that we are dust."</U></i> Psalms 103: 13, 14 (KJV)
Jesus taught us to "Become as little children", so when we fall down, just get right back up and try again...until you make it.
<i>Hopefully, I've made a dent in somebody's life, but if not....I'll just chalk it up as another "Oops" - but happily take solace in the fact that God remembers that I'm just a piece of His beloved dust, and I'll dust myself off and keep on trying. </i>
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