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Finding a Miracle in a Rotten Egg

Have you ever used or heard the saying, "That smells worse than a rotten egg."  If so, I ask, have you ever smelled a rotten egg?  I can now -- after using this expression 30+ years -- say that I have smelled a rotten egg.  And now, I do not believe anything on this earth could smell much worse. 

It happened yesterday at four o'clock in the morning as I was attempting to make my hard working husband breakfast.  I held the small, fragile, innocent-looking oval object in my hand and barely tapped the edge of a glass bowl. A sound like a twenty-two rifle echoed off the kitchen walls and shot through the house.  I wish that I could say that the sound was the only thing that hit the walls, but I can't.  The egg exploded with such force that fragments of shell were later found on the dining room floor.  And I wish I could say that the slimy green texture that splattered about and needed to be wiped up was the "foulest" part of all, but I can not lie.  Accompanying the scary sound and creepy consistency was a treacherous smell, that instantly made me gag.  Oh the horror! Oh the STENCH!   

This is where the miracle came in.  I realized the amazing phenomenon of creation.  The perfect design.  On the outside the egg looked perfectly fine.  I shudder to think what could've happened if the tainted inside had looked and smelled normal?  Our Creator designed the world with perfect checks and balances to protect not only humans but every living organism on earth.  (Thinking about this made the clean-up a little more tolerable.)  It is always our ignorance - not lack of intelligent design - that creates a problem.  Think of the eagles and DDT.  Think of the buffalo.  The manatees.  I could go on and on.  I myself could have avoided this disgusting disaster by submerging the egg in a basin of water.  I know if it floats - it's spoiled and should not be used.  If it stands on end it's still okay, but not as fresh, if it sinks to the bottom - perfectly fine.  I chose, of my own freewill, to skip this process.

Four of my senses were engaged in the early morning hours of this life lesson.  Sight, sound, smell, and  touch.  Checks and balances by our loving Creator.  Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a rotten egg in the morning to make us ponder the significance of nature.  I'll not be taking it for granted anytime soon.  Albert Einstein one of the most intelligent scientists of the twentieth century tells us, "There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."  Which  way will you choose?

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Sunday, May 15, 2016 2:58 AM
I was fascinated by the stories that I read about your family and your sister. On your mo7&#rhe821t;s monument there is a name that I could not connect to the others. The name is not mentioned in the Cave Hill “coffee table book”. That is what I’m curious about. I worked in the funeral business while going to school and when teachers needed 2 jobs. Having taught sociology and psychology, information of no intrinsic value is of interest to me.

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