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Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)
TITLE: THE LITTLE NOTHINGS THAT WE LIVE BY.
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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The rabbit repeated a silly phrase and somehow impelled Alice to follow him down a rabbit hole to a ‘wonderland’ situated ‘God knows where’.
I am frequently amazed by the fuss my dear mother makes about the amount of herbs or spices or salt I put into a dish.
”Does it really matter if it tastes good?” I would ask myself. To me it was a ‘fuss’, but to her it meant a perfect tasting meal and she is an excellent cook.
In mathematics, a small ‘nothing’ can throw an algebraic equation out of balance and create mathematical havoc. Similarly and much more importantly, slanting the sun a minuscule portion of a degree would burn us up. That would be a big ‘to-do’.
In God’s word if anything in His Word is not true, then nothing can be relied on to be true; however we know that everything God has said is Truth and that He is Himself Truth.
In the field of medicine, if a doctor or a nurse documented or transcribed an incorrect syllable or dosage in a medication order it could create a medical calamity for a patient. In medical or nursing school ‘much ado’ was made about learning those little ‘nothing’ details because lives and safety of patients matter.
By using the wrong mixture of paints or the wrong brush strokes an artist would produce a less than perfect shading or image. The result could be the difference between a great artist, a mediocre talent and an unknown; and all because of the little details we non-painters would call ‘nothing’.
In most homes good parents make a ‘to-do’ about children saying please and thank you. I believe these are staples in any culture. Children may wonder why such a fuss is made about these little things.
Social norms make demands on us to comply with certain behaviors when we communicate with each other. In the USA the practice of looking someone in the eye when talking to them is important. In the UK keeping a polite physical distance and shaking hands when greeting someone are highly significant.
As a short term missionary I learned that extending the wrong hand in greeting was a social and cultural ‘no-no’ and was a huge ‘faux pas’.
Take this concept into the arena of marriage. If one is married to a detail oriented person who makes much ado about what the ‘creative’ partner call the ‘nothings’ it can create such stress. A friend of mine tells me that if anything is not in exactly the right place in her sewing room her creative juices run dry.
In many shops, the sale of fragrant candles and home perfumes has skyrocketed. It seems that the power of fragrant smells is more than a ‘nothing’ and can create a positive soothing environment as compared to offensive body odor or foul human or household smells. To those to whom fragrant smells matter that is more than a ‘nothing’.
The Lord God created the fragrant plants and herbs that we put in foods, perfumes and candles.
The Word of God describes many fragrances. In Genesis and Exodus Levitical law there was the required burning of animal sacrifices to Jehovah. The wise men presented frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.
Mary anointed the Lord Jesus with her alabaster ointment before His death and burial, which was important enough to be mentioned in the Gospels. To frugal onlookers it was a waste; a ‘nothing’, but to Him it meant a great deal.
Many Christians report strong fragrant smells of frankincense and cinnamon when they are worshipping the Lord.
These are just examples of ‘nothings’ that mean much.
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