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God Doesn’t Break Toys

The young boy in my music class pounded the tambourine on the floor. This was after I’d demonstrated to everyone how to properly play our classroom instruments.

Visibly frustrated, I confiscated the instrument and commented (in jest): “If you break this tambourine, I’m coming to your house and breaking one of your toys.” The offender gazed at me blankly. However, another little boy spoke up matter of factly.

“God doesn’t do bad things. He doesn’t break toys.”

Five Year Old Super Sage

My little friend had me there. I sheepishly admitted to everyone that he was right and I was wrong.


Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Psalm 89:14 (NIV)

God is indeed right and fair and loving and faithful, yet we are prone to blame Him when bad things happen in this world.

For example, I know someone who lost faith in God after her father died during a routine medical procedure. She feels her dad’s life was taken; how could a loving God allow this?

Truly, this is a tragic situation. But is God really to blame? Perhaps it makes more sense for my friend not to believe in doctors.

So, where is God when terrible, evil, and incomprehensible things happen? He’s in the same place He was when His only son’s life was taken: on the throne.

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Portions of this post are from an earlier offering, back in May 2020.

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In Case of Emergency

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Every spring my wife and I prepare ourselves: we clean out our storm shelter, prepare an emergency bag, and pay close attention to the weather. Here in the south-central United States, also called Tornado Alley, it’s important to have a severe weather plan.

Our “hidey-hole,” as folks say around here.

In case of emergency (ICE), it’s even a contact option on cell phones these days. I’m my wife’s ICE, and vice-versa.

Question: do you have a spiritual emergency plan? Sooner or later, we’re all going to die, and afterwards comes God’s judgment (Hebrews 9:28).

In Christ alone (ICA), this is our only hope.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

I realize this is not new information for many of you. Yet I’m reminded of the following line from the classic hymn I Love to Tell the Story:

🎶I love to tell the story, for those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.🎶

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Playing “Pop Up”

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The other day I had a class-and-a-half of kindergartners in my music room. That’s approximately three dozen six year olds.

As I’ve stated here before, working with young children is like herding cats. And this particular day was no exception.

I started off the lesson with something engaging. But it happened anyway–a little thing I call “Pop Up.” My enthralling introduction to loud and soft music was repeatedly interrupted by children coming to tell me things.

“Mr. Duncan, I need to go potty. It’s a “mergency.

“I have a cut on my finger,” says Callie, showing me a scratch on her pinky.

Yes, to the emergency bathroom visit. No, to the band-aid request.

“Mr Duncan, Kathlyn said my shirt’s on backwards.” A quick look says Kathlyn’s right.

“Boys and girls, we’re not getting up now,” I say with a grimace.

I turn around to start a video but my “teacher sense” tells me there’s, yet another, little guy “On my six.” That’s aviator talk for someone’s right behind me.

Sure enough, I feel a tap-tap-tap on my lower back. It’s Timmy, smiling. “Mr. Duncan, do you need a hug?” Now I’m smiling. “Sure, Timmy.”


Life also does this little thing called “Pop Up.” And, like dandelions in the front yard, it can happen overnight–one unwanted reality after another.

But then you sense there’s someone “On your six.” It’s God, smiling. “Child, do you need a hug?”

The Lord appeared to us in the past. He said, “I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. I have kept on loving you with a kindness that never fails.”

Jeremiah 31:3 (NIRV)

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