Oct 10 2018

Ice Cubes

Pastor Dave Koppel

About a month ago it was hot—like 105° hot. One day I had a morning meeting, and I grabbed a cup of ice water. Then I drove to a lunch meeting, with my ice water in the cup holder in my car.

By the time I get to my lunch meeting and finished the water but there was still ice in the cup. So as I got out of my car and threw the ice cubes on the ground next to my car and went to my lunch meeting.

Halfway through the lunch, I noticed that my ankle was wet. “That’s weird,” I thought, “I must’ve splashed it with some water from the cup.” I didn’t think anything more of it.

A few minutes later I realized my sock was wet inside my shoe. How in the world could that happen?

I tried not to be obvious, so I just took a glance down, and I realized what had happened. The ice cubes had landed in the cuff of my pants, and they were still there, slowly melting.

You know, there’s no classy or clever or subtle way to take wet ice cubes out of the cuffs of your pants during a meeting. I felt a little bit like an idiot.

So I thought about it for a moment, then excused myself to go to the men’s room. Then I got rid of the ice, came back, and I hoped that no one was the wiser.

Two things: one is that no matter how cool or sophisticated you’re trying to be, there’s a good chance that something will give you up as being just a regular silly person that you are. It turns out we carry all kinds of things with us that we don’t realize. Sometimes they are attitudes, sometimes it’s the things we say, but it turns out that we think that we have all the bases covered and we are putting up a front, but we can often miss things…

The second thing is this: my colleagues knew what was going on as soon as I got up to excuse myself. The water made the cuff of my pants look decidedly darker than the rest of my pants and they could make out the shape of the ice cubes in the cuff.

You can’t fool yourself, and in the long run, you can’t fool other people either. So instead of trying to be someone or not, and pretending that we have it all together, why don’t we just admit that we are silly, flawed human beings; let’s be honest with ourselves and let’s be honest with everybody else.

You see, putting up a front never works—at least not for long. We will know the truth, and other people see right through us.

Maybe if we just admit that were foolish and sinful and we rely on God’s grace, it will make it easier for us to all get along. Let’s drop the pretense and admit that we are all sinners in need of grace, forgiven sinners, filled with the amazing love, grace, and forgiveness of God.

In His grip,

Pastor