I was going through some of my old blogs from a couple of years ago, looking for a couple of specific ones that I wanted to put on Athena’s Wicked Owl. Here is one I don’t remember writing on December 13, 2012….but I like it.
My favorite number is 42. Not only is 42 one of the coolest numbers ever, it is my birthday. If you google ’42’, the first entry from Wikipedia, which states, among other things, “The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, “The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything“, calculated by an enormous supercomputer over a period of 7.5 million years. Unfortunately no one knows what the question is.”
Last night I was sitting in silence, as I oftentimes do, pondering the deeper meaning and the Ultimate Goal of the Christmas light fiasco. I recalled my delight/resentment at all the exterior Christmas light displays on houses owned by people in my neighborhood who had never put up lights in the past, or at least since I’ve been living in this neighborhood. I have lived here several years. My neighborhood is a Christmas Wonderland this year.
As I pondered, I picked up my Bible and read Exodus 4:2, “Then the LORD asked him, ‘What is that in your hand?”
“A shepherd’s staff”, Moses replied.
This inclined me to read from the beginning of the fourth chapter of Exodus through to the fifth chapter. I have read this account before, many times, but tonight it had new meaning to me.
Basically, Moses is arguing with God because he is fearful of going and making a jackass of himself in front of Pharaoh. So God tells Moses to throw down his shepherd’s staff and when Moses throws it, the staff becomes a snake. Moses jumped back with fear, God turned the staff that was a snake back into a staff and tells Moses to go show Pharaoh that sign.
I thought about this for a while and surmised the following in my journal (of sorts): “Now the whole fourth chapter of Exodus could be taken literally, as the evangelicals would insist. Or, one could infer metaphor for God using something evil or scary (snake) (middle finger) to make people LOOK and UNDERSTAND that “all things work for good to them who love God.” (Romans 8:28).
Also, when Joseph declared in Exodus 50:20, “You intended to harm me but God intended it for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
There are so many more houses with Christmas lights outside in our neighborhood this year….more houses than I have ever seen lit. Could it be possible that in the neighbor’s spirited yet defensive posture of “showing that blue-haired bitch how Christmas lights ARE SUPPOSED TO BE”, they have instead spread Christmas cheer with their beautiful, festive lights?