Recently I took one of my grandchildren to one of my favorite fast food restaurants. She loves the french fries and I love the burgers. Yummm!
The nice lady at the cash register took our order and then handed a page of stickers to my granddaughter. This small page of stickers keeps the younger customers busy while the burger and fries are being prepared.
However, this small page of stickers was actually slippery. I know that sticky and slippery are opposites, but this page of stickers kept getting away from us. It started when we stopped at the Ketchup dispenser to fill up some small cups with Ketchup to use on our French fries.
After we sat down at a table, I noticed that the page of stickers was missing. Where did it go? It seemed like it had just slipped out of her hands. I retraced our steps and discovered we had left it by the Ketchup dispenser.
We really did enjoy my hamburger and her french fries. They were a tasty treat. But, as we got up to go back to our car, I noticed that the stickers were missing again. Where did they go this time? I glanced back to where we were sitting and saw them on the floor under our table. I was able to go back and rescue our slippery stickers again.
When we got home, my granddaughter proudly showed my wife her sticker page. We encouraged her to take them home and show them to her parents. When our daughter picked up our granddaughter, I made sure that the stickers got into their car.
However, the next day, the slippery stickers were missing again. My granddaughter thought she had left the stickers at our house, but I was sure I put them in their car. Later in the day, our daughter called to say that the stickers were found on the floor at their house. They really were slippery stickers!
I don’t know what slips through your fingers or what you tend to misplace, but I think there are a lot of “slippery” things in each of our lives. Some people misplace their cell phones. Other people can never find their car keys. My wife seems to frequently misplace her glasses. All things that we use and take for granted.
I’m guilty of the same thing. I often can’t find my wallet or appointment book. I can’t remember where I put them down and I have trouble finding them, too! They are almost as slippery as those stickers!
There is an account in the Bible where an axe slips out of the hands of a worker and sinks to the bottom of a stream. The axe was borrowed and the borrower was responsible to return the item to its owner. You would be surprised at how God restores the slippery axe to the one who borrowed it in Second Kings 6:1-7.
My suggestion is that you keep a close eye and a tight grip on those things that really are valuable. Hold your loved ones tight and keep your friends close. Don’t let them slip out of your life. They will be glad you did and you will too.
Pastor Mark Hopper
Efree Church of Diamond Bar
3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd
Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM