18 Jan Molehills and Balloons
I was upset this week by a news story. It was a catastrophe of chocolate proportions. Yes, chocolate. I was saddened to read about an accident involving a tanker on I-40, near Flagstaff, AZ. The latch that connects the truck to tanker detached, causing the tanker to roll over. The tanker was filled with 40,000 pounds of 120 degree liquid chocolate.
The tanker was damaged in the accident, and they could not drive it away from the scene. Once they got the tanker upright, that’s when the carnage happened. They had to pump out some of the chocolate into the median to make it lighter to load onto a tow truck.
As I cried myself to sleep with the thought of all of that chocolate wasting away on the side of the road, I lamented I wasn’t there with some yellow cake pieces or strawberries for impromptu fondue. This was not really a catastrophe. The police office said the chocolate is biodegradable, and the drive wasn’t cited. Even the staunchest dessert-loving brethren out there would agree, but molehills love to become mountains.
It is all too easy for us to get agitated or excited without a real reason. It does nothing for us, and it certainly does not help manage the problem. Shoreline Kids taught our children a lesson last Sunday from which we all could benefit.
The lesson was about controlling our tempers and leanings to turn things into mountains. “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city” (Proverbs 16:32). To slow down the escalation, this is the plan: 1. Stop; 2. Think; and 3. Pray. If we can stop and think about why we are getting upset and then pray for God’s help, we can diffuse most situations. They used the example of a balloon to drive the point home.
We each have a balloon, and we can control the air that goes in and what we let out. We fill the balloon up when we get agitated, and we let air out of the balloon to ease the tension. We each have a great deal of control over our balloons, and we can stop them from popping. There is a limit to how upset we get before bad things happen, but with God’s help, we can stop the escalation.
Shoreline Kids does a great job of teaching our children about Jesus and the Bible. They do that while trying to provide a message to go with the children each week and month. This one should go with each of us. Next time you start turning a molehill into a mountain…or a chocolate spill into a catastrophe…think about your balloon. We can fill it up to the point of popping, or we can let some air out and diffuse the situation. Let’s stop, think, and pray.
Blessings to you,