This morning as I got up a little bit before sunrise and walked out of my dorm room to get my day going, the bright light from the hallway–which contrasted with the darkness of my room–almost blinded me, but not so much that I couldn’t see a surprise that some loving person had left for me–about a quarter of a dozen eggs splattered on my dorm room door. Not my favorite thing to see in the wee hours of the morning.
As I finally got time this afternoon to clean up the mess, I reflected on the situation and came up with two things:
Thing Number One That I Reflected On: Rather than feeling sorry for myself (a.k.a. self-righteousness, indignation, entitlement, etc.), I feel sorry for whoever egged my door. Either: 1. the person who did it has something against me, and they know no better way to express this grudge than to egg my roommate’s and my door. OR 2. someone knows no better way to have fun than to be malicious against my door.
Either way, this person’s behavior clearly highlights a problem that they’re having…and to make it clear that I’m not trying to hate back on this person or make myself look self-righteousness (or make you feel sorry for me and comment on this post: “Oh…poor Levi! I feel so bad for you? Do you need help cleaning it up? I live out of of state, but I could mail you some soap!…etc.”)…I’ll put myself in the same category/grouping/clique: I (just like him) am broken, through and through. Sin’s devastating effects on humanity mean that no one is good (i.e. perfect). We’re all messed up, broken, and needing a Savior.
More than that, we have this craving in our heart that we just can’t seem to satisfy. To paraphrase St. Augustine, we’ve got this longing in our heart that never seems to stop until we find satisfaction in Christ, and in Christ alone. For this egger person, he/she seems to be trying to find satisfaction…to find something that fills the gap in his/her heart. Whether it be revenge or simply malicious fun, this person is ultimately trying to fill that hole by egging my door. And I can guarantee you that egging my door didn’t work to fill that hole.
The saddest part is that this person more than likely lives…only a few hundred feet (at most) from where I live. Whether they don’t know Christ at all or do know him but aren’t letting themselves be satisfied by him, someone living close by is struggling. Someone really close by quite possibly does not have a saving relationship with Jesus, God’s own son, who freely gave himself up (to take away our sins), and then rose again (to secure for us the hope of eternal life with God). Who cares about rotting eggs on my door post when someone living nearby possibly doesn’t know Jesus?
So what to do (besides cleaning up the eggs)? First, prayer is a good way to start–praying that God will give me the patience to deal with rotten eggs, as well as praying for that person. Second, being intentional about letting God use me today to connect with those around me, in the hope that God will use me to point my neighbors toward Jesus…and hopefully that will include whoever egged my door.
Third, I can encourage you. Yeah, you, the person reading this blog. WHAT IF, whenever an annoying situation (like eggs on your door) arises (whether it be at home/work/school/Walmart/the airport/via social media/at the dog park when that annoying neighbor doesn’t actually have his dog on a leash even though the clearly printed signs posted all over the park in clearly visible and prominent places all unanimously and in uniform language and font size say: Thou must haveth thine canine withheld on thine leaseth) that you look at that situation and that person not with frustration or hate or anger but rather that you look at them with a lens of grace. Why don’t you look at them through the eyes of God, who knows very much that that person who wronged you…just might be looking in all of the wrong places to fill that gap in his/her heart. Why don’t you look at that person with love, realizing that he/she might be either in need of a savior or in need of being reminded that they can find everything that they need in their Savior.
Why don’t you use every annoying situation in your life as an opportunity to share the Gospel? After all, what better way to tell about Jesus and the forgiveness of sins than by being Jesus to someone by forgiving him/her? I’m not trying to say that I always do this, or that I’m perfect at this, even as I clean up egg shells. But what I am saying is that when we let God use us, amazing things (like someone coming to know Christ) can happen.
Thing Number Two That I Reflected On: Always clean up eggs right away. They tend to solidify after 7-10 hours, making it a lot harder to clean up!