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September 22, 2011

Beyond Our Control

The following is a conversation that I had with one of my friends yesterday, he will remain anonymous for eventually-apparent reasons:

Friend: Hey guess what.
Me: Wutsup?
Friend: I peed my pants today haha
Me: … are you serious…?
Friend: Yeah… I was walking home and the FLOODGATES… just opened up…I got half of it in the toilet tho.  The other half is drying out on my pants outside and my boxers
Me: … 23 years old and peed your pants.
Friend: Yeah…

I didn’t know what to say to the guy.  I was just in shock and disbelief.  If it was 10 years ago, I would have just joined ranks, pointed and laughed at him.  Although, you can’t really blame the guy… when you gotta go, you gotta go.  And to use another cliche: once you pop, the fun don’t stop!

There are probably many of you thinking, “How are you possibly going to think of a Gospel Connection for this story?”  I asked myself that very same question since yesterday.  The main reason why I didn’t post this when I heard the story is ’cause I had a hard time thinking of a GC until now.  I was half-tempted to just end this post with “No Gospel Connection today, just an important Life Lesson: don’t pee your pants.”  But then, through some divine intervention, I was reminded of a story of my own in where I peed my pants as well.  Here goes:

When I was in elementary school, my brother and I visited Korea for the first time without our parents.  Our relatives took us to the beach, and in Korea, that’s apparently a big deal (or at least it was at the time).  Our aunts and uncles told us to pack for a couple days because we were going to make a mini-vacation out of it.  The first night we get there, my uncle wants to celebrate the fact that his nephews from America were visiting, so he decides to give us beer.  Mind you, I am around 8 years old and my brother is 10.

For many reasons, we couldn’t refuse.  Anyone familiar with Korean culture, you almost RARELY say no when an elder offers you alcohol (even if you are 8).  To add to that, my uncle was one of those people you just didn’t say no to.  I still remember my first sip of beer.  OB Lager (Korean beer) in a small metallic bowl.  Before the night was through, I’m pretty sure I had at least 3 bottles.  Honestly, I don’t remember much after that initial sip (Yeah, yeah… “Oh~ future pastor blacked-out when he was in 3rd grade~”  We all make mistakes.  Or in my case, were forced to make them haha).  Needless to say, I passed out shortly afterwards.

When I woke up in the wee hours of dawn, I felt something uncomfortable in the groinal area.  The feel around my pants and realize they are wet.  I’m pretty sure it didn’t rain the night before, nor was there a window/door open to let any precipitation trickle indoors if it had anyway.  Then it hits me: I peed my pants.  Being the lazy kid I was at that age, I don’t bother to wash myself or change.  Getting up, rummaging through my luggage, causing a ruckus, potentially waking everyone else up who were still sleeping to be confronted with my embarrassment… none of these were viable options.  So what did I do?  I just fall back asleep hoping my pants would be dry by the time I woke up again.  Lo and behold, my genius plan worked.  (I know, I know, not the proudest moment of my youth either).

Gospel Connection: Often times we come to points in our lives where we think we’re competent enough to manage them ourselves.  We feel like we have control and we tell ourselves, “I got this.  I’m good.”  Then we’re faced with moments not unlike those mentioned above, and we’re humbled from the shock of having made such a juvenile mistake.  Then that thought process turns to, “I just couldn’t help myself.”  For some of us, our natural reaction is to just “get over it” and move on.  Others choose to continue to lie there in their own filth.  Both responses overlook the gravity of the human condition and too easily brush off this thing called “sin.”  Thank God for our sake that Christ’s answer on the Cross was not as casual.

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