Life from the rear-view mirror

Stinkin’ Lincoln! devotion numero 8

March 12, 2013 | Comment

I love hearing the words “Grandpa!” that immediately preceeds an extremely cute little girl running towards me with arms wide open waiting to be picked up, hugged and kissed. It has become one of the highlights of Sunday morning at church for me.

God provides wonderful, and often comical illustrations and life-lessons through our kids and grandkids…It’s kinda like “heaven’s funniest home videos!”

A couple of weeks back Gabriella, my 2 year old granddaughter, was playing with her toys and found a penny. Now I’m just guessing at this next part because we don’t really know what happened…but somehow Gabriella ended up with  the penny in her mouth…and swallowed it. Her dad was there and related the shock on her little face when she realized what she had just done. That shock was just slightly eclipsed by the tears that followed, not knowing what might happen next.

The doctor was called and it was decided that nature should be allowed to take its course and that eventually the penny would be recovered and all would be well.

Sure enough, a couple days later there was a surprise in Gabriella’s diaper! Now I’m not going into any more detail other than to say that Gabriella’s 5 year old sister Annabelle,  was a witness to this exciting exit. After looking at the the now-not-so-shiny penny, she said “I think this penney should be called… Stinkin Lincoln!”  And she was right!

But just when you thought the story was over…

As you might imagine, everyone in the family wanted a conclusion to this copper catastrophe. So after the big event occurred, dad and daughters stopped by mom’s classroom to give her the good news where Gabriella rushed in and  proudly proclaimed… “I pooped a penny!”  to her mom and the startled colleagues who happened to be meeting with mom at the time. Perfect!

What’s in you today that shouldn’t be there?

A bad attitude, selfishness, unforgiveness, fear? Gabriella never meant to swallow that penny. It was an accident. But many of us choose to harbor hurtful things. Why? These are things that defeat us…keep us from being …OK…regular! (I couldn’t resist!)

Col 1:27  To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of
this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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