Read The Small Print

"Read the Small Print"


Our grandsons Nikita and Lukas stayed with us one weekend.  Nikita had a project for school on Monday for President's Day. He was to dress up as Andrew Jackson.  His mother, Lena and I were brainstorming ideas.  I came up with one where we would copy $20 bills, cut them out, and pin them all over him. We would certainly be an original.


Putting the bills on the printer, I pushed copy, only to have about inch of the bills printed and then "cancel" come across the screen.  I did this several times with the same thing happening. I asked my husband, John, if he was having any issues with the printer when he used it earlier that morning. He was not. I then scanned the bills, saved them in a file, opened the file and pressed "print."  The same thing happened.  I found pictures of the twenty dollar bills online, copied, cropped, selected print to which the same thing happened.   John jokingly made the comment, "Maybe it's illegal to copy money." I then noticed the small print under what little had been copied and actually read it this time. It said ""  


I saw it earlier, but just thought the writing was from something else since I was using scrap paper.  It was then we realized coping money was against the law. The look in each other's eyes, which was not one of gazing across a crowded room, said we were both envisioned the same thing. Soon all branches of government would be pulling up to our house, SWAT team in place, someone yelling with a bullhorn "Come out with your hands up," while news helicopters circled our house. We did the only thing we could do, "Boys, get your coats! We're leaving now to meet your mom!"


I was amazed that the printer knew I was trying to copy money.  How did it know? It's not like there is a special team inside of it running around yelling "We're in place, waiting for your order to shoot." Then I got to thinking... wouldn't it be great to have any hurtful words, actions, or thoughts canceled before we said or did them? If only we could see www.don'   or   www.don'   or  or   www.youwon' or'


But you know, the printer is like God.  He does know our words, actions, and thoughts before we push the copy button.  He tries to stop us, even if we insist on pushing the button more than once or try to do it in different ways.  He does have a "special team" running around inside of us yelling, "We're in place, waiting for your order to enter the heart."  


God knows, cares, and loves us before we are born. He is there for us even when we aren't there for Him. He never gives up on us. We are the ones that make a relationship with Him hard when we push buttons that shouldn't be pushed. How much simpler our lives would be if we realize our joy, our happiness, our peace comes when we strive to copy God and copying Him is not against the law.


I encourage you to read Psalm 139   Psalm 139:1-24


©Melinda Sutherland 4/1/16





"O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me." "Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off." "Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways." "For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether." "Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me." "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it." Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;" "Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." "If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me." "Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee." For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. "My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth." "Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!" "If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee." "Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men." "For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain." "Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?" I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:" "And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

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