Preschooler Vicki was approached by her older sister, Sherry, who was carrying an egg. “Want to hatch an egg?” her big sis asked. Second grader Sherry was learning all about eggs and science. While most of the time, big sis considered Vicki a pest, she wanted to share secrets with her.
Vicki felt overwhelmed. “What do I have to do?”
“Take this in the living room. Make a nest for it on the carpet. Then sit on it to keep it warm. It’s easy!”
Vicki carried the egg carefully to the living room, found a good place for a nest, and lowered herself onto the egg. But immediately, she felt her pants wet with goo. The yellow yolk also oozed onto the carpet. She screamed with surprise. Her mother came running.
“But, Mom,” the preschooler explained between tears, “I did everything Sherry said and the egg didn’t hatch. I shouldn’t get in trouble for messing up the rug!”
So much for science between siblings. Whether an event is passed off as a joke, a trick or a little lie, it tears away the foundation of trust in relationships.
Wouldn’t it be great to invest in a relationship one can always count on?
There is one based on consistency and truth and promises which are always kept. We serve a God of truth who never lies–not in the past, present, or future. A God of His Word, he is a great example for living.
“He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” [Deuteronomy 32:4. NIV]
When comes to hatching, God created the chicken and the egg – no carpet or little girls needed. He has just the right answers.
[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]