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He’s Never Even Dropped a Pizza!

Earlier this week I was drying my hands in an airport restroom when I overheard a conversation between a father and his two-year-old son. Dad was handling diaper duty and he had placed his son on one of those flimsy, plastic changing tables that fold down in public restrooms. The boy, being at the size limit for one of those tables, was nervously feeling the inherent instability of this device—which was producing some crying and anxiety.

Through moans of uncertainty and nervousness the boy hesitatingly said, “Ohhhhh… me not like this…” his tones were long and drawn, and then he continued, “I gonna fall…”

Dad was doing his absolute best. First, he was hurrying! He didn’t want this to take any longer than necessary. Second, he was speaking comfort.

“C’mon buddy, I’ve got you. I’m right here. It’s ok!”

The boy groaned again, “No… I gonna fall…”

Then the Father replied, “Hey, I have never, ever dropped one of my children off of one of these these things! In fact I’ve never dropped one of my children at all! I’VE NEVER EVEN DROPPED A PIZZA!”

With that, the misery came to an end. He lifted the boy off of his temporary table of torture, buttoned him up, and lowered him to the floor. Standing upright again, the boy’s anxiety disappeared and childish security flooded back into his heart. He bounded ahead of his dad and on with the good life.

I couldn’t help but think of the times I’ve been placed into discomfort by the will of the Heavenly Father—some of those times when I felt I was on a very unstable “changing table.” (Not too sure I like that metaphor!)

In those times I want to moan and complain. In those times I feel unsafe and vulnerable. I wonder if God is about to drop me! I feel like everything in life is about to fall out from under me.

It’s then that I’m reminded—God doesn’t do that. He doesn’t drop us.

No matter where you are, if you have Jesus as your Saviour, you can be assured He is in control. He isn’t going to drop you. And he most certainly will use these trying times to change you! Trust Him today!


“My times are in thy hand…” (Psalms 31:15)

“When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.” (Psalms 94:18)

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  • THX Bro Schmidt! Writings like this not only encourage me to go forward but also help increase my faith.

  • Amen…and so thankful for my Security!

  • What a blessed reminder! What I loved most was the thought that our heavenly Father, just like the two year old’s father, through those times of trials is right there comforting, reassuring and giving all we need in that moment to calm us……enough for the moment.

  • It is amazing how God reminds us throughout our day of His faithfulness. I bet you never went into the men’s room thinking you would be so comforted and encouraged….

  • Thought of your illustration here while listening to Dr. Sisk preach. He referenced Is. 43; and pointed out that the Lord said “when”, and not if. I loved that!
    And thank you for the verse in Psalms 94:18. Good comfort there.

    Isaiah 43:1b “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
    2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
    3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: “

  • What an amazing encouragment!!! He doesn’t let us fall…

  • This was a wonderful, encouraging post. At first I was laughing because I can totally relate to the dad: my not-quite-two-year-old daughter hates those changing stations. She holds on for dear life, so certain she is going to fall, no matter how much I reassure her. I have thought of this encouraging post every time I’ve changed her in a public restroom.


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