Out of the frying pan…

Whatcha doing down there?
Whatcha doing down there?

Now, before you question the condition of the dogs watering dish…

True, the edges are all chewed up and Bailey is to blame. Bailey pulls tree limbs down and chews them up, so I should not be surprised that the blue bucket is also a target.

True, there is a lot of debris in the bottom, but that is the result of him lying around in a pile of cedar shavings and every time he dips his head, or wags his tail, he drops shavings into the blue bucket.

But if you were to see what I see, you would notice that one of the little slivers in the bottom of the blue bucket is not a wood shaving – no… It’s an earthworm. There are several down there and I’m afraid the picture does it little justice – but after a rain fall those little critters come out of the wet ground and begin to crawl as far from the water as possible.

Yes… They crawl up the blue bucket, over the edge, and drop down into the very thing they try to escape.

So, every couple of days I tip the bucket, rinse it out and fill it full of fresh water – and those little earthworms start the cycle all over again.

You would think they’d learn a lesson or two about crawling up and over where they obviously do not belong!

It’s like driving down the road and you see the deer (in my area) walking across the road with seemingly no care for that 2 ton hunk of metal bearing down on them from around the corner. Drivers always over react. Deer always move one way or the other. Sometimes it’s to safety. And sometimes it’s not – as noted by the road kill on the side of the road!

When in Alaska, and it still happens to this day, the railroad running between Anchorage and Fairbanks kill scores of Moose every winter. They find the tracks to be mostly free of deep snow, and probably a few places they like to bed down for the night – but there are hundreds of carcases up and down the tracks…

You’d think they would learn and tell the next generation!

Yet, this seems to be a repetitive problem. Each successive generation has to learn the lessons of life for themselves. Even if they hear, and comprehend, they still go through the struggles of inching up that blue bucket, or crossing the road, when they should have known…

Imagine if we lived our lives the same way… Wait… I think we do.

When I was young I am sure I came across as a “know it all”… You could not share with me, or show me, what you have learned, especially if you are decades older. And now, I am in that position and I see the younger generation not following all the advice and teaching of my generation.

For example, save money now – it may be a bigger sacrifice because you do not make much, but the compound interest of a good investment account saved at an early life will pay great dividends in the end when your earning capacity is diminished.

As we see each generation pass along life’s journey, each finding partial lessons and applying them appropriately, the subsequent years of their lives will find the same thing we older ones know now…

Everyone will make their own mistakes and have to live by the consequences of their choices.

I think I touched on this in bible study last night… It’s call an accounting. Can you say, “Amen!”

  • Mat 12:35-37 KJV  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  (36)  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  (37)  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
  • Rom 14:12 KJV  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
  • Rev 20:11-15 KJV And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (14) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.