It started with a bag of Ruffles potato chips. It ended with those same chips stuffed down his drawers while his daddy had him in a scissorslock on the floor. See, he had reached into that bag of chips just about the time his daddy did. His daddy swatted his hand away and told him to stay away from his chips. The brain-dead boy-child puffed up, grinned and said, "Make me."
That's all she wrote. It was over with. Time to get it on. No furniture was broken, but my son poofed baby powder with every step he took for the next several days, and he was real careful not to break a sweat.
When you think about it, we're really lucky, the human race that is. We only have to put up with teenage rebellion and adolescence for a specific time span of several years. God, on the other hand, has been putting up with rebellion ever since Adam started backpeddling in the Garden of Eden and tried to blame Him for the whole apple fiasco..."It was that woman YOU gave me..."
My point is that nothing has changed since the beginning of time and the entrance of sin into the world. We still blame God and others for things we should take responsibility for, and we still swagger across the stage of life and think we have the world by the tail. We're still a rebellious, stiff-necked people who think we rule the day and God can just step aside and let the "younger" generation take over, thank you very much.
We're still ruled by that tendency to think just too highly of ourselves.
And that's when I think God has to get the potato chips out.
My Bible studies have been talking a lot about attitude lately, and I'm beginning to have a sneaking suspicion that God is trying to tell me something. I think He's trying to be non-confrontational right now - you know, just bopping me upside the head with scripture instead of letting circumstances and situations plow right over me. However, I have no doubt that, if I don't get this lesson, He'll drag the big guns out.
And knowing me, I probably won't quite listen. I'm as stiff-necked and rebellious as the next person. I'm just as prone to pooch my lip out and say, "I don't wanna..." I've even been known a time or two to wrinkle my forehead up and say, "No, and You can't make me..."
The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
(Proverbs 1:7 Complete Jewish Bible)