Poor Humpty’he was such a good egg

I’m sure many of you were saddened, as I was, by the news of Humpty Dumpty’s tragic accident. He had many friends who testified that he was the most genial and well-meaning of individuals, although to tell the truth, he was sometimes quite individualistic and impressed with himself. Had he been a bit more hard-boiled, he might have survived with minor injuries, but as it is, his condition is very serious. Details of the catastrophe are a bit scrambled. Humpty apparently lost his balance. First aid was rushed to the scene by all the king’s horses and men, although it is not clear how the horses were any help. These animals are excellent in their place, but may have been pushed beyond their abilities in this endeavor to put an egg back together. It must be admitted that sitting on a wall is never a smart thing for an egg to do, but Humpty, for all of his good qualities, was never noted for wisdom. He was just a simple egg who took his pleasure where he found it. He could have been tired from a walk in the country when he climbed up on a wall to rest. Then again, he might have sought the high perch for no other reason than inflated self-importance. It certainly would have been more prudent if he had rested at the base of the wall rather than at the top. He might have been instructed by I Corinthians 10:12: “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” Or Proverbs 16:18. “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” There is no record that the poor egg made any profession of faith or tried to live by scriptural standards. Had he done so with diligence, he might have avoided his accident completely, for II Peter 1:10 promises that those who pursue godliness “shall never fall.” It is certainly sad news that Humpty Dumpty suffered this calamity. But the rest of us can learn something from the event by keeping our feet in the lowly paths of service and staying off high places. As our brother John Bunyan wisely observed, “He who is down, need fear no fall.”

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