Fairy Tale Friday – Humpty Dumpty

Fairy Tale Friday - Humpty Dumpty

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Four-score men and Four-score more,
could not make Humpty where he was before.”

*Published in Juvenile Amusements by Samuel Arnold in 1797

Who is Humpty Dumpty?

In American nursery rhymes, he is depicted as an egg, but the earliest published version gives no description of Humpty. In fact, the original poem was thought to be a riddle. The question being. Who is he?

Without a doubt, this rhyme originated in England. However, there are many theories put forth for consideration throughout the years. Some say Humpty was King Charles I, or King Richard III because Humpty Dumpty was slang for a short, clumsy person. One theory suggested that Humpty wasn’t a person at all, but was a canon at the church of St. Mary’s At The Wall in 1648.

One thing is clear, this rhyme reads like a victory song, taunting a loser—Humpty Dumpty.

But who is he?

Let’s take a closer look.

He’s sitting on a wall. Which could mean that he’s elevated himself above others? He has a sense of importance. I would say it’s a false sense of importance because he’s sitting and not standing. He isn’t repairing the wall. He isn’t using the height of the wall to scope out the land. He isn’t surveying his surroundings for the enemy. This shows me an arrogant, conceited person looking down on those around him.

Next, we see him have a great fall. He wasn’t pushed. He wasn’t shot off the wall. He fell. It takes an extremely clumsy person to fall while sitting down. Or a drunk one.

I’d like to propose that Humpty Dumpty was a drunk. Or a drug addict. Now, here me out. When you are under the influence you have an inflated ego. You think you are invincible. Have you ever heard the term ten-foot-tall and bullet proof? Most drunks (I was once one of them.) feel good. So, they think they look good. They think they are good. But in actuality, while they are stumbling around everyone is laughing and making fun of them. Eventually, they will fall.

“Four score men and four-score more
could not make Humpty where he was before.”

This phrase could have one of two meaning. It could mean that during his fall Humpty was so badly damaged that he was beyond repair. Or it could mean that he learned his lesson, and no amount of men (peer pressure) couldn’t make him drink again.

Have you ever been drunk on a wall like Humpty?
Have you fallen?
Did you learn your lesson?
Or, are you still letting people talk you into climbing back up on the wall?

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses. And all the King’s men.
Couldn’t put Humpty together again?”

They are many of you reading this today who have been delivered from an addiction. Please don’t climb back up on the wall. Please don’t go back to your old life. The King’s men can’t help you stay sober, but the King can. And though you may love another Humpty Dumpty, you can’t force them to stay grounded. Just be there when they fall, and tell them about the King that wants to help them.

If you still think my analogy of Humpty Dumpty as a drunk is a little farfetched, consider this:
The Oxford English Dictionary (1857) defined Humpty Dumpty as “a drink made of brandy boiled in ale”. You can translate that as being a shot of whiskey in a glass of beer.

Don’t be a Humpty Dumpty!!!

and it fell: and great was the fall of it. Matthew 7:27

 Fairy Tale Fridays are posted on the first Friday of the month.

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

The Ugly Duckling. Illustrated by Vilhelm Pedersen. Written by Hans Christian Andersen

 

The Parable of The Ugly Duckling

In the original version of The Ugly Duckling written by Hans Christian Andersen the bird was first believed to be a turkey by his mother who could plainly see he was different from her other children. However, since he could swim, he was judge to be a duck – an ugly duck.

Everyone he met tried to make him into something he wasn’t. They ridiculed him for possessing natural instincts that were different from theirs. They didn’t understand him. They didn’t know who he was. They didn’t know who he was created to be.

He wanted the freedom to swim and to fly. But according to the world, since he couldn’t purr or lay eggs, he was useless.

He wasn’t a turkey.
He wasn’t a duck.
He wasn’t a goose.
He wasn’t a cat.
And he wasn’t a hen.

He was useless.
He had no purpose.
No one wanted him around.

So, he secluded himself on a pond and avoided all the other birds. One day, a flock of swan swooped in. Oh he wished that he was as beautiful as them. He felt a connection with the swan, but he thought he was too ugly to join them. He stayed in the freezing pond while they flew to the sunny South. Bit by bit the water froze until he lost all freedom to swim. He barely survived the atrocities of winter.

But when summer arrived, the swans returned to the pond. He joined them thinking they would kill him, but they welcomed him. When he saw his reflection in the water, he realized who he really was – a beautiful swan.

Then he felt quite ashamed, and hid his head under his wing; for he did not know what to do, he was so happy, and yet not at all proud. He had been persecuted and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say he was the most beautiful of all the birds. Even the elder-tree bent down its bows into the water before him, and the sun shone warm and bright. Then he rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart, “I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling.”

There’s ugly inside all of us. To varying degrees, we’ve all suffered pain and shame of some kind. But thank God we don’t have to live in misery. 

You’ll never satisfy this world. Don’t judge yourself by the expectation of others. Look into the reflection of the word of God, and see who you were created to be.

Stretch your neck out and cry joyfully unto the Lord. Even if you’ve never dreamed of such happiness, Jesus is waiting to transform your ugly past into a beautiful future. Let Him remake you into who you were created to be: a beautiful, precious child of God.

 

But by the grace of God I am what I am: ~ 1 Corinthians 15:10
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: ~ Psalm 91:4

 

Click here to read the complete, original manuscript of The Ugly Duckling.

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Little Miss Muffet’s Parable

 

During my morning devotion as I was drinking coffee. On my favorite loveseat, minding my own business, not hurting anybody, a huge spider ran out from under the entertainment center. He stopped in the middle of the living room floor, and totally freaked me out.

My first thought was, “Not in my house devil.” So I ran toward the kitchen for the fly-flap. But then I thought, “That thing is huge. If I swat him, he’s gonna jump on me, I’m gonna scream, and the whole house is gonna wake up.” So I grabbed a bottle of bug spray out from under the sink, and tiptoed back on the battlefield.

The enemy was back in hiding. I put down the bug spray and reached for my Bible. But I could feel imaginary hairy legs crawling up my arm. I looked to make sure the creepy crawlies were all in my head.

Yet, that spider was real. Where was he? Did he go back under the entertainment center? I spotted something under the coffee table and stooped for a closer look. Nope. I breathed freely as I stared at the piece of potato peel. Where in the world did that come from? When’s the last time I cooked potatoes? And why’s the peel in the living room?

A shadow moved out the corner of my eye. And then disappeared. The enemy was still out there; somewhere.

Try as I might, I couldn’t enjoy my coffee. I couldn’t get lost in God’s word. And I wasn’t about to close my eyes to pray.

That one spider, destroyed my sense of peace and distracted me from my alone time with God, Why?

It’s just a spider.

Though huge, it wasn’t much bigger than a quarter. What if it came out again? What’s the worst that could happen? It might try to bite me, but I’m bigger. I’m armed with not only a fly-flap, but bug spray. And my husband’s rubber boots are near the couch. I could stomp the thing.

Most of the danger was all in my head. What if the spider crossed the room? What if he climbed on the loveseat? What if he crawled on me? Those thoughts not only gave me the hebbie-jebbies, but they prevented me from refreshing my soul.

Isn’t that just like the devil?

As a child of God, we ear the protective blood of the lamb. The devil can’t harm us. But he does play mind games with us. He takes that one thing that we are afraid of and drags it in and out of the shadows of our life. He taunts us with “What if?” until we are so distracted that we lose our peace, our joy, and our happiness. He disrupts our time with God, because he knows that’s where we get our strength.

Like Miss Muffet, we allow the devil to frighten us away from the nourishment that we need to grow in God.

What’s the devil using to keep you distracted? What is he using to scare you away from dining at the king’s table?

Now, that you know it’s a distraction and not a real danger, you have 6 choices.

  1. Be frightened away and forfeit your spiritual food. Please don’t let this happen. Every princess needs nourishment to grow in the grace and mercy of God’s kingdom.
  2. Become obsessed with the thing until nothing else matters except stomping, swatting, or spraying the life out of it. In this case the distraction has done its job, because you can no longer enjoy God’s presence.
  3. Recognize it for the distraction it is, ignore it and get back to the important things.
  4. Remove yourself from the distraction. This isn’t being frightened away. This is relocating to a more conductive atmosphere, and then continue with your morning devotion.
  5. Get rid of the distraction. Kill the thing, and move on. Sounds simple right? Sometimes it is.

Each distraction varies. And each one needs to be handled in a different way, but if you keep your focus on God, the enemy will have no power to distract you.

I hope you’ll set aside alone time with God. Don’t let the devil distract you.

What are some ways the devil has distracted you in the past?

 

And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. I Corinthians 7:35

Rudolph’s Parable

5 Steps to Let Your Nose Glow while Other's Laugh and Call You Names.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The one thing that remains constant throughout all songs, books, and movies of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is Rudolph’s embarrassment of his shining red nose.

If you’ve ever seen the movie, maybe you noticed that Rudolph never thought his nose was shameful until his parents tried to cover it up. When his friends laughed and publicly humiliated him, he ran and hid.

We later learn that Rudolph’s red nose would serve a purpose. He would lead Santa’s sleigh through a foggy night. He would become a hero to the same people who had laughed him to scorn.

Isn’t that just like the devil?

To take the one thing about us that God created for a special purpose, and make us feel ashamed of it. So ashamed that we would hide it from the world.

What we see as imperfections can be used for God’s glory.

That thing that we hate about ourselves. That thing that makes us different. That thing that make us stand out. That is the thing that God wants to use.

But if we keep running, if we keep believing the lies of the enemy, if we judge ourselves by the world’s standards, we feel like a misfit. Just like Rudolph.

Just as Rudolph only reached his full potential the night he pulled Santa’s sleigh, we will never reach our full potential until we embrace who we are, who we were created to be, and use our uniqueness for God’s glory.

When we allow God to use us, those that laughed and called us names will join the celebration of our victories.

How do we let our red noses glow?

1. Acknowledge your shining red nose. What is it about yourself that is unique? Is it your voice? Your height? Your past? Your testimony? I Corinthians 15:10
2. Know who you are in God. Even if you aren’t sure of your exact purpose, you should know that you are loved by God, you are called by God, you are valuable to Him and His kingdom. I Peter 2:9
3. Identify the real enemy. Satan will do anything to prevent God from receiving glory. That includes sending people your way to make you feel unusable, to make you feel lesser of a child of God because you different. Eph. 6:12
4. Reject this world’s opinion of you. So what if they laugh and mock you? Didn’t they laugh and mock our Savior? John 15:20
5. Let God use you.  Help those that hurt you. Even if they laugh, love them anyway. Matt 5:44

So let your nose glow. The world needs to see God’s light shining through you.

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and
Prancer, and Vixen,
Comet, and Cupid, and
Donder and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose
and if you ever saw it
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
play in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you’ll go down in history!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as sung by Gene Autry.
Copyright 1939 St. Nicholas Music Inc.