I was at work when this one happened, but Brittany, my wife, told me the story when I got home. She was washing dishes when Quinton, our youngest, came running from the direction of the kids’ bedrooms, pointing at the top of his head and screaming “boo-boo mama! Boo-boo!” at the top of his lungs.
She had soap all over her hands and kissing boo-boos is a delicate thing, so she quickly began washing the soap off. “Boo-boo mama! Boo-boo!” he cried as he did a little dance, obviously due to the terrible pain. She finally got her hands rinsed and dried off, turned to her patient, but he had grown quite. He stood there stone still with a slightly offended look on his face. Bringing his hand up to his own lips, he gave it a smack, transferring the healing power of the magic kiss to it before delivering antidote for his pain to the top of his head. After plopping his palm down on the affected area, his face brightened then he spun around, rejuvenated and once again prepared to face the world.
I didn’t get to see it, but the mental picture her story created cracks me up every time I think about it. I also see a great parallel there: This world is riddled with people waiting on others to fix their problems. A lot of liberals think Hillary is going to fix their problems, while many conservatives hold out the same hope for Trump. Don’t get me wrong – I know that whoever is in office defiantly affects our lives, but I think Dave Ramsey put it best when he said that the person you see when you look into the mirror is the solution to your problems (loosely quoted). Though many times, what we see is also what created the problem.
Such is the case with Jason, my main character in “Beneath the Tombstone.” I believe what makes his story unique is the fact that he created the situation and the obstacle he had to overcome. But I didn’t let him wallow in the mire of self-pity for very long. He didn’t wait on others to fix his problems. Like Quinton, he realized that the solution was in his own hand (though the cure was nowhere near as simple as a kiss).
We should never give any mortal, other than ourselves, reining power over our live’s problems. So pick yourself up; God don’t want you down. Kiss you own “boo-boos”(I can’t believe I said that ;-). Give yourself permission to give guilt the boot. Yeah, kick it on out the door. Yesterday you may have created the problem you face today, but don’t dwell on the past. Today is today. Yesterday is gone, so let it go. And focus all your attention on the blessing of now. Realize you’re stronger than what you face (and make sure what you face knows it too). Look in the mirror; you’re seeing the one who can bring the cure.
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Martin Cogburn, author of Beneath the Tombstone