Contaminated or Clean – Inconsistency

Posted: December 22, 2010 in Haggai

“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” William London

Well 14 hours of travel and 23 hours of no sleep and i finally got checked in to the room. That was 4am this morning. Longggggggggg… but the end result is what i must keep in mind. Relationships! Memories!!! Memory #1 surprising Ethan. He had no clue that i would show up in Seattle to meet his flight for Reno before catching my flight to Reno. Seeing my daughter excited about all that is to come was a highlight. She has had a year of struggles but they all seemed to be far behind in light of family coming together for this time. Memory #2 when upon reaching my sons home to have Elijah run out of the house in stocking feet and grab my leg with a huge hug… yes memory and a weepy moment. Memory #3 upon making my way indoors and seeing Zek sitting on the floor and him greeting me with a big smile as i picked him up and an easily gotten laugh from him as i held him. Memories! The bigger picture of the trip became clearer. I could not have imagined it any better. And not to be forgotten was seeing my son and daughter in-law as well. No lack of  memories and weepy moments.

10-12On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month (again, this was in the second year of Darius), God’s Message came to Haggai: “God-of-the-Angel-Armies speaks:

Consult the priests for a ruling. If someone carries a piece of sacred meat in his pocket, meat that is set apart for sacrifice on the altar, and the pocket touches a loaf of bread, a dish of stew, a bottle of wine or oil, or any other food, will these foods be made holy by such contact?” The priests said, “No.”

i smell a set up here!

 13Then Haggai said, “How about someone who is contaminated by touching a corpse—if that person touches one of these foods, will it be contaminated?” The priests said, “Yes, it will be contaminated.”

Here comes the knock out punch.

 14Then Haggai said, “‘So, this people is contaminated. Their nation is contaminated. Everything they do is contaminated. Whatever they do for me is contaminated.’ God says so.

Oh the tangled webs we weave when we practice to deceive. Open mouth insert foot? Many sayings that fit but what stands out to me is the inconsistency of these people. While i know that i am inconsistent i do work hard at not being so. On one of my flights i was asked to remove my phone case which has a shoulder strap. I had just gone through two takeoffs and two landings on the same airline and nobody asked me to take it off. INCONSISTENCY! Like the priests i find that there are most often consequences to my inconsistency and it’s the consequences that i like the least.

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