1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
When disobeying our parents, we are also disobeying God because he commands us to obey our parents.
When I was a child, dad made the rules very plain and of course there were times I broke the rules. and I didn’t get caught, but most of the time when I broke the rules, I did get caught. Did any of you ever do anything as a child that scared the heck out of your parents? Did you ever play ‘follow the leader’ with your friends and get in trouble?
One particular incident when I was about 4 1/2, I got caught, big-time. It brought a reporter from the local newspaper out. We lived on a corner and in our yard at the bottom of a pipe was the shut-off valve for the water on our street. It had a metal cap screwed on very tightly so it wouldn’t come off and our grass grew over it. One day when I was playing ‘follow the leader’ with my two friends, Doug and Willie(they were about 1 1/2 yrs older then I was) the guys noticed that the lid was loose. Apparently the dwp guy came to check on the valve and forgot to screw the cover back on. The boys took it off and each one took a turn of sliding into the pipe. They were too big to go very far. They got their feet and legs in. but that was about it. It was my turn, but I told them that dad would be mad if he saw me do that. He was on his way home from work and it was about an hour’s drive. Well the boys’ moms called them home for dinner and they left the lid off the pipe, so guess who slid inside and got stuck.
I had gotten some new rain boots for Christmas and it had rained overnight and the grass was wet so I got to wear them. When I slid into the pipe the toes of my boots got caught under the valve at the bottom. The pipe came up to my armpits so my head was above ground and no danger of going down further. Our front lawn sloped down toward the street, so when I called mom who was in the kitchen fixing dinner, she came and looked out through the front door screen and couldn’t see me. I said, ‘mom, come here for a minute’. When she stepped out on the porch she could see me and let out a scream. This was a month before my brother was due to be born, so she could not bend over that much to try and pull me out. The neighbor across the street had just got home and he came and tried to pull me out and he couldn’t do it either. So the police, fire department and water department were called. Dad got home just as everyone was arriving. I knew I was in trouble now. Dad was home.
At the time, I didn’t know why dad did not scream at me as they were busy trying to get me out of the pipe. Of, course as I got older I realized he wasn’t going to scream at me while they were rescuing me. The pipe was set in the ground over the valve so after those from the water department dug all around the pipe all the way down to the valve, they lifted the pipe with me in it out and the next step was to saw the pipe down one side in order to remove me. I was having a good old time while they were digging. A fireman kept talking to me and someone brought me hot chocolate to drink. To explain how close the electric saw came to my body, it sliced my rubber boot as they were running it down the side of the pipe. Now that did make me cry when my new boots were ruined and as my punishment, dad refused to buy me another pair.
This happened the day before President Eisenhower was inaugurated. So the following morning at a little after 4am, my grandfather(dad’s dad) who lived back east in West Virginia called and, to hear my dad tell it, grandpa screamed at him that he opened the paper to read the news about the upcoming inauguration and found a story about a little girl in So Cal who got stuck in a pipe and it was his granddaughter. He said, ‘FILL THAT PIPE UP WITH CEMENT!!!’ Of course he couldn’t, but he got the point that he was upset.
If you remember any scary times you experienced or times when you know that you really had one or both of your parents in a stressful state and you would like to share them with us please do, and post any of your favorite verses about how God protects us and about releasing fear and your favorite uplifting songs.