This picture is actually from the movie. Graduated from "Cant Buy me Love... & WELL before Grey's Anatomy...
There is a scene that I think of everytime I hear or see someone sneeze. Patrick Dempsey has snuck a monkey into the states & this monkey is carrying some sort of crazy unknown, made up virus. It has made Mr. Dumb-for-sneaking-a-monkey sick himself. He's sitting in a movie theater.. he sneezes... & then in sllloooooooowwwww motion, it shows the germs being carried around the theater. They land on people's pants, in their hair, on their face... OH MY GOSH ... someone sneezes & their germs are flying onto my FACE????? Needless to say, everyone in the theater gets the virus ... they all die...
This movie is from 1995 & I swear, it still sticks with me. Ricky remembers it too & when we hear someone sneeze, we instantly look at each other because we know what the other is thinking.... see what movies can do to a person? I'm so paranoid now of germs. That movie, plus Howie Mandell & I'm turning into a full fledge germ-a-phobe.
Then remember what I do with most of my time.... work with Jr. High kids!!!!! These are little humans that do not know the concept of covering a mouth when coughing, much less cupping your hands around that face when you let out a huge sneeze, or probably even understand the idea of washing hands, or even knowing you are to sing the song "Happy Birthday" TWICE while scrubbing.
(Am I sounding a little crazy here?)
I walk around with hand sanitizer constantly. I am the one who will constantly tell the kids in the youth group, "COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU COUGH" (or sneeze)... I even got called "Psycho" by another youth leader for yelling at a child for the 100th time to cover their mouth. Um, excuse me? But if I have to tell someone 100 times they need to cover their mouth, they obviously need to be told one more time because they STILL havent learned it!... just saying... I also need to show this youth leader the movie "Outbreak" & ruin their view of the world when they hear a sneeze....
Sunday, I'm sitting there with my hand sanitizer near by & I thought about all the things flying around the room & how none of them are seen. These are all things I'm battling - but cant actually point out - cant dodge, cant run from... the germs are all around me, & yet, my eyes see nothing.
I looked at all those kids around the room while I was talking about Jesus being their friend & then, I thought of the thing the Bible warns us about... A spiritual Battle going on all around us...something that no one can see - something we should be leery of - taking percaution for - something MUCH scarier then germs....
I couldnt help but think that the words I was telling them, the words we read in the Bible, the words from other leaders, the prayers we prayed... there was our "hand sanitizer" for the day... the things that were covering these sweet little souls up from being "attacked"... keeping those "germs" away for the moment.
Its crazy to think about the things we cant see... isnt it?
For our struggle is not against flesh & blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world &
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.