Strange things hide in dark places

Life is full of little surprises. My 18-year-old daughter got such a shock the other day. She came in from school, turned the oven to preheat, and pulled a frozen mini-pizza out of the frig.

A few minutes later the buzzer sounded to declare the oven ready at 350 degrees. With pizza on pan, my daughter opened the oven only to find that something else already was cooking — our toaster. I can happily report to you that a Hamilton-Beach Model 24508 four-slice toaster can survive extreme heat. The plastic shell and the electrical wiring didn’t melt, but the metal part was very hot, as my daughter can attest.

With two cooking gloves as if seizing a cooked turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, she removed the well-baked toaster from the oven. Not, of course, until she had photographed it for Facebook submission. That’s how I learned of the event.

So, how did that toaster come to be in the most unlikely of places, a place where no one in our family had ever seen a toaster before?

Well, I don’t want to throw anyone in our family under the proverbial bus, but we hosted a wedding shower Sunday afternoon. Cleaning, of course, precedes any entertaining, and sometimes there simply is not enough room for the stuff that normally finds residence on the counter. I actually think it was quite a creative approach to an age-old problem.

So, what’s the moral of this story? Be careful what you try to hide because someone is liable to find out and then tell the world about it via Facebook, and then your goose is cooked. (I couldn’t help using the pun.)

All of that was in good fun, but there is a serious principle behind this. Jesus said: “For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” (John 3:20-21, NRSV)

A prayer: Help us, Lord, to live lives that are more and more fit for the light of day to shine upon them and to reveal their deeds.

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