I slipped my shoes off, placed them in the bin, folded my white cane, and moved forward through the security point at the airport. “Ma’am, do you have water in your bag?” the TSA agent asked a passenger ahead of me in line.
“OOPS!” she said, “I forgot.”
Forgot? Tsk, tsk, how careless, I thought. I would never do that. Being an experienced traveler, I had tucked my gels and liquids securely in their clear, Ziploc bags. And certainly made sure I had no water bottles.
After I silently patted myself on the back for being such a savvy, and on-the-ball traveler, a man drew close to me. “Ma’am, the TSA agent needs to see you.”
I squeezed my eyebrows and dug my thumb in my chest. “Me?”
“Yes. Come with me.”
I grabbed his arm and with quick steps, we approached the agent’s office. “What is this substance?” he asked.
Substance, what could I possibly have? A million options zipped through my head. Then, I remembered. A friend had given me a large, actually an enormous glass jar of honey, which she gets fresh from her local bee colony.
I gave a sheepish smile. “It’s honey…but it’s not liquid or gel…can I still take it with me…please?”
“I’m afraid not,” he said as he pulled out the jar and plopped it on his desk.
I waved good-bye to my delicious honey. And after settling in my seat at the gate waiting for the flight, out of the blue, God tapped at my heart. And this verse blared what had just happened: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5).
Father, how quick I am to judge and to lift myself higher than others. Show me each day to first look inward at my faults and flaws. In Jesus’ name, amen.
- Have you been sitting on the judge’s seat lately?
- What flaws do you need to correct today?
- How do you react when others judge you?
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