I dropped a pair of scissors in a tight corner behind my ultra-heavy washing machine. It instantly brought back to mind a scene from Mitch Albom’s “Five People You Meet in Heaven” book: a key that fell from a man’s pocket as he was on the descent in that thrilling ferris wheel ride triggering a chain of events that changed forever the lives of people within his sphere. Weeks or months after that incident, the mechanical integrity of the theme park ride had been badly compromised by the accidental key that got stuck in the machinery, unknown to the key owner and to anyone who could have changed the course of events. It caused one of the cars to fall, thereby killing the park maintenance old man who rushed to push to safety a girl who happened to be on the danger spot. The chain of that singular event continued to spiral in the afterlife as written by the moving pen of Albom.
The scene had been etched in my memory as if it was drawn from my own experience. The falling pair of scissors reminded me of it. And it made me wonder: a seemingly insignificant incident can shake the world without our knowing what caused it.
We learned civilizations rose and fell through the ages. Who knows what trivial incident could be behind every rising and falling. A woman who ate from the fruit of the tree of life made ripples. A sandwich snack triggered a chain of events that led to the first world war. Any random occurrence may not be just coincidence at all.
Thus, losing my pair of scissors in that unreachable spot behind my laundry machine can trigger other events that may, or may not, manifest later. Who knows, it could have already caused a very tiny damage, say on the drain hose, that is too small and insignificant to worry me right now. But I am taking note of it today: whether to leave that pair of scissors alone where it lies to gather dust and grime, or not. And stand by to wait for any ripples it can bring about at some future time.
English Standard Version (ESV)
7 “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”