Today I think I learned the true meaning of the phrase, “Out of the frying pan and into the fire.”
Chloe and I were at the mall. As we walked along, I realized that up ahead we were going to pass by the Build-A-Bear store. Knowing how Chloe would respond upon seeing the store, knowing the fit she’d pitch should I refuse her entry, knowing the crying that would ensue if, after gaining entry she wasn’t allowed to have a bear, I wisely (or so I thought) crossed to the other side of the mall.
Now we wouldn’t be passing in front of the store, we would be across the way from it. While she would still see it, the distance would hopefully lessen the temptation for her to want to go in there, and would make it easier for me to distract her.
I smiled in smug satisfaction. Until, that is, I heard Chloe say, “Ooh, pretty!” I looked down to see her gazing through the window of a Victoria’s Secret. “Look at all the pink, Daddy!”
The items of clothing (if you can call them that) were not the only things pink. My face was, too, and it was quickly progressing to a shade of bright red. “What is that?” she asked, pointing.
“I ... uh, I don’t know.”
“Can we go in and look?” she asked.
I panicked. What was I going to do? How could I get her away from the storefront? This was going to lead to FAR MORE questions than I ever would have received from the Build-A-Bear. Then it struck me. I pointed across the way. “Look, Chloe! A Build-A-Bear!”
She squealed with delight and we both dashed across the mall, the crisis averted.
There were three people in the Bible who learned the true meaning of the phrase, “Out of the frying pan and into the fire.” Their names were Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3).
They refused to bow down and worship the golden statue of King Nebuchadnezzar, so he threw them into a fiery furnace. Yet God protected them. When they exited the furnace, they were untouched by the flame and smoke. God was with the three Hebrew boys while they were in the furnace (Daniel 3:24-25), protecting them during their ordeal.
Perhaps you’re going through an ordeal, and you feel like you’ve gone from the frying pan into the fire. Know that as a child of God, your heavenly father is with you, just as he was with those three Hebrew boys. He will see you through the fire.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.