My Navy Blue Shorts
To get straight to the point, I peed my pants in fourth grade.
Full disclosure: I was one of “those kids” who, for some reason or another, coulnd’t seem to master the art of holding my urine overnight.
But, that is for another day and time.
What I want to share with you today is a specific incident; one I remember with absolute clarity.
It was minutes before receess. I was in fourth grade.
I must have downed a couple gallons of Tang that morning because all I remember was having to go to the bathroom really bad. So bad that I considered just going. Right then and there. In my seat.
Then, I had this brilliant idea (remember I was 11): just let go!
I was in the back row, so I could immediately sprint to the bathroom once class was dismissed for recess.
In addition, I could just dribble out a little bit to hold me over (Needless to say Lloyd wasn’t dropping nuggets of wisdom yet).
On top of that, I was wearing navy blue shorts (The kind of blue shorts that were perfect for hiding pee).
And so I went.
No need for a dribble because I just let it all out.
Recess came and went. I was in the clear.
I was certain my navy blue shorts camoflauged my little incident.
In a twisted sort of a way, I thought I could hide from my little accident.
While I may have temporarily succeeded in the hide-yo-pee department, there is one thing that I cannot hide from: God’s love.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39)
That is a powerful set of 50 words right there. It is specific and personal. There is absolutely nothing–not my hiding, my shame, my attempts, or my creations–that can separate of from God’s love.
I never found out if my classmates (or my parents) knew I leaked in my shorts.
Either I was sneaky-sneaky and completely inconspicuous, or I just didn’t notice that I had become “that kid”. :)
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