Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A covenant with my eyes.

Now that’s a cool post title! Let’s see, I wonder what I’m going to write about. Is it Matthew 5:29? “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” No, I’m not going to write about that. It creeps my out. Because, to be perfectly honest, if all of us took this verse literally we’d all be walking around grotesquely maimed. And I think Jesus, Mr. Love, wasn’t asking us to maim ourselves. So I won’t right about that verse. How about…Proverbs 30:17? “The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.” THAT IS SO NASTY! I am totally going to take out the trash, do the laundry, and clean the house whenever my parents ask, because that is sickening. But once again, not what I’m blogging about, it’s a covenant with my eyes, so where does the covenant come in? Could it be…Genesis 17:11? “You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.” Umm, covenant with my eyes, not with my…yeah. I’m talking about something quite different. Wrong part of the body. Okay, enough taking verses out of context, now it’s time for me to get to the point.

Let me start from the beginning, but don’t worry, you’ll get a verse that makes this make sense at the end. Remember when I was in Finland? Neither do I. But I’ll dig deep into my memory and…there it is. Finland, I was babysitting. Awesome fun. Well, while I was in Helsinki I visited what we call the “Euro Store” (like a Dollar Store, only instead of everything being one Dollar, everything is one Euro, or $1.50). While there I saw some interesting stuff, most of it useless junk, some of it useful junk, and some of it just junk. But then I saw it. The coolest necklace I had ever seen. It’s a made out of shiny blueish-silver metal and is connected by magnets, which makes the whole necklace magnetic. Then hanging off the end is a thing in the shape of an eye on its side with some sort of Chinese symbol stamped on it. Very cool. So I bought it and put it around my neck. But because I’m a weirdo I wanted to give it some sort of special meaning. I mean, I’m going to be wearing it around my neck almost all the time, and it is kind of deposing my old necklace. So it deserves a special meaning.

I don’t know what the symbol means so I couldn’t use that as my special meaning. It’s magnetic so…it makes me attractive? Well, that’s true, but it’s also just abut the world’s dumbest meaning. So that night I went to bed still turning this dilemma over in my mind. The interesting thing about that night was that my whole family and I were sleeping in the same room. One of the interesting things about me, and why I do most of my blogging at night, is that I do my best thinking right before I fall asleep. I’ll be on the verge of shutting out the world when out of no where I’ll get hit by inspiration and have to write it down. This is actually both a gift and a curse because it means I always run out of note memory in my phone and also that it takes me forever to get to sleep every night because I keep getting hit by inspirations. The reason why it was a curse this night is because, with my whole family in the room also, every time I sat up, grabbed my phone, and started tapping furiously writing down a reminder I would disturb them, much to their annoyance. So that was interesting. But this particular night I had the necklace in my mind, and so right as I was on the verge of sleep I was thinking something like this “eye…it’s eye-shaped…eyes…are eyes good? Not always…why? Because they aren’t always used for good things…what can I do about that? Hmm…*YAWN*…Eyes…what do eyes have to do with anything? Oh wait…someone said something about eyes…eyes and lust…who was it? Bob? Joe? No, JOB! Put Joe and Bob together you get Job…haha…what did Job say? Hmm…Job 31:1…“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.” Yeah! That’s it!” at this point I jumped up and irritated my family by writing that down.

So now my necklace has a meaning. This isn’t a new covenant, I’ve been hating lust for years, but now my necklace is a physical reminder and representation of my covenant. So now if you see me with a cool necklace you know that’s not just any necklace I’m wearing, I’m wearing a covenant around my neck! And if you look closely you’ll notice something. You’ll notice the glue holding it together. A few days after I got it I was playing with the kids and it slipped off my neck, flew into a brick wall, and broke. An ominous reminder of how easy this covenant is to break, and just how important it is to protect it. So now I will imagine that the symbol means “Purity” or “Covenant”, because for all I know it has no meaning, but to me it means both. It probably means something like “I am a stupid westerner who buys things with Chinese symbols on them because he thinks it’s cool” But I like having the necklace because I know Catholic priests have something similar. Catholic priests are sworn to life-long abstinence. I don’t know how they do it, and really respect them for it. I mean I think it’s hard for me to wait, believing that someday I will have a wife and will definitely NOT be abstinent anymore. But for them…wow. And so they wear a ring as a reminder of THEIR covenant. And I was in an airport once, waiting for a plane. And a priest was waiting across from me, leaning over and, I think, praying. When he finished praying he sat up and just lightly touched his ring. Just a little reminder of his covenant. So if you see me reach for my neck, I’m not about to strangle myself, it’s just a reminder. So anyway, must go now. I’m tired, and would like to go on FaceBook, though I doubt I’ll get the chance. Goodnight!

1 comment:

Kapten Clark said...

You should write something about the SUPER GLUE that was used to repair the necklace (covenant).


Thanks for not writing about me snoring!