Shower Scrunchie

September 25, 2021
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Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (ESV)

In Douglas Adam's 1982 novel, "Life, the Universe and Everything", he describes how a spacecraft managed to land in the outfield of a cricket match without being seen, because the spacecraft had switched on its own invisibility field generator. This amazing power was called the SEP field.

Later, we find out that SEP is an acronym for Somebody Else's Problem, and that by its influence, things and people are rendered invisible. Under the influence of the SEP force, things become beyond one's will to engage with, thus making it not of a person's concern, and so, the mind becomes blinded to the reality.

Recently, my mother-in-law came to visit — for the first time in some months, due to COVID-19. After her visit, I found that she had left behind a bamboo shower scrunchie. Subsequently, it has been sitting on the bathroom floor near the door for several days. I have resisted picking it up, just to see how long it would take before anyone else would allow it to continue to sit there untended.

I think that we have an SEP field generator somewhere in the house, because, although I am less susceptible to its influence, others are totally taken in. I gave in to reality and decided that this little bathroom escapee had sat there long enough without being moved.

I am the Maddy — the mummy-daddy. Apparently, this means that some jobs and things become invisible to the rest of the family because Mr. Nobody, or usually the Maddy, will do it. Yes, I take on my role again as the family Maddy as the summer turns into autumn and they return to school and work, leaving me at home.

On picking up the scrunchie from the bathroom floor, I became aware of the reality that if we allow the SEP to do its sneaky work on the gospel in us, then the need to spread the gospel no longer becomes our responsibility!

So, whom will God send, if not me and you? For we are given to be God's witnesses here on earth.

Isaiah 6:8 – And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (ESV)

Prayer: Lord, cleanse us once more, and bring us into the presence of Your throne room. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord. May we become fitting vessels full of the power of the Holy Spirit to be bold and to go and spread the Word where we are during these times of turmoil. In and through the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing, Rod.

    Amen and amen! Blessings.

    Thanks, Rod, for this so familiar story and its application to our spiritual lives.

    Great message Rod. Thank you. God is Love and we have to spread Love.

    Grateful to you today, Rod, for bringing a blessed perspective into our simple household routines. With a smile.

    Thank you for your devotional and challenge to witness our faith. We give too many excuses not to witness when we should be bold and share the Word of God and Pray Always.

    Greetings Rod,
    Very interesting devotional you have written. The words from Isaiah 6:8 are truly words to pay attention to as we go forward each day. Blessings for your writings.

    Rod, you and Douglas Adams provide a thought-provoking situation that finds parallels in my life.
    With God’s guidance, I shall make sense of even SEP.

    Rod, Thank you for your excellent thoughts! I love the SEP analogy to how we neatly choose to ignore the needs of the world. Not seriously taking action on our responsibilities does not make the need disappear.
    Thank you for the reminder and encouragement.

    What a great way to explain SEP and how it creeps into our lives in many ways. I fully understand when we think something is someone else’s responsibility. I think nothing about our car. I don’t drive it. I rarely ride in it because I try to walk most places because I need the exercise and the reason to get out there. I do ride in some friends’ cars to go out with them, but I don’t think very much about it except to offer gas money. SEP is very powerful so that is why devotionals like yours give us a smile and a wake-up call at the same time. I believe wake up calls work well when they are presented with a little humour and not with a little upset.
    Thank you for the great reminder to watch out for SEP in our lives and rectify it with being there to do God’s bidding and also to work on our own faith and prayer life. May you continue to spread your thoughts so that others can learn and enjoy. Blessings as we move into the fall and our lives shift gear once again.

    Hello Rod, We haven’t gone back to Sunday evening very informal service since Covid till today. We have Bible Study Class which I like. I grew up with the King James and still like it better than the NIV. Of course, we did a lot of memorizing, so the change throws me off sometimes.
    My most cherished Bible is what my precious husband gave me for our first Christmas. Shortly after we were married, his call to the ministry became very clear before that Christmas. He gave up the opportunity that would have in time made him a millionaire. He was an incredible man of God. God bless you, Rod, and stay well as we are.

    Hello Rod,
    Thank you for sharing the “Shower Scrunchie” story. You certainly kept me captivated right to the end. Although humorous, it’s so true. There are so many shower scrunchies in the world, especially in today’s youth. This would be a good story for confirmation class.
    Thank you again for sharing this story.

    Love this!
    A long time ago, we made a house rule that the person who notices something that needs attention, must deal with it! Great principle if you are an “aware” person, however it’s frustrating when you realize no one else IS!
    Still, following the rule also keeps you humble. The Refiner can then use you and burn off some of the “dross” you have acquired!
    “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord is made in the depths of His excellent Word”
    Always enjoy your DDs,

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