My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken – Psalm 62, 1-2
My Mom and Dad like a lot of people’s parents had a lot of sayings or go-to phrases they used when parenting my younger brother and me. The one my Dad used the most dealt with mealtimes. I had a tendency to rush through my meal and sometimes make myself not feel very well as a result. Dad would say, “Take little bites.” I find myself saying that often to our six-year-old as he gobbles the food off of his plate hastily. Another classic one that I am sure you have heard a lot was one my Mom used to offer up as her catchall phrase. I can hear her even now saying, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, Moira.” Actually, when I was talking with her on the phone the other day, I think she repeated that phrase to me.
It is good advice, really and can be applied to a lot of situations in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads or making important decisions or being involved in a relationship. Where does that term come from anyway? I couldn’t find a direct origin of the term; but obviously it comes from a time when you went to the hen-house instead of the store to get your eggs. If you carried all the eggs for the day in one basket and fell, or stored all your eggs in the house in one basket and it got knocked over; they would all be lost and you would be egg-less for the day. Today, that old saying is often repeated in the business world, applied to everything from marketing to investments. Some people even apply this “wise” advice to their relationships and social networks.
All of the thought of eggs reminded me of one of my favorite chick flicks, Runaway Bride. Maggie is a woman who gets engaged but never seems to make it to the altar and Ike is the reporter writing a piece about her behavior. It seems by investigating what type of eggs she likes when she is with each man; Ike uncovers a painful truth for Maggie. When she is with the priest she liked them scrambled. When she is dating the Dead Head she likes them fried like he does. When she is involved with the bug guy she likes the eggs poached and now she just likes egg whites only because her fiancé does. Maggie doesn’t seem to know what her favorite way to cook eggs is because she throws herself completely into a relationship and loses her identity. She likes whatever her fiancé likes because she thinks that is what love is. She puts all of her eggs in one basket in a way.
Obviously, if you follow her string of broken relationships you know that putting all her eggs in one basket does not work for Maggie. In fact, there is only one relationship where you can put all of your eggs in one basket and not expect them to get broken: In God’s basket. The hymn “Lead Me, Guide Me,” reminds me that I must put all my eggs in one basket. It’s really the only way to find the life I want to live.The first verse of that hymn begins, “I am weak and I need thy strength and power.” The second verse declares, “I am putting all my trust in thee.”Aha. It is exactly what I’m doing. Or at least, I want to do this. I am trying to gather my eggs, one by one, and get them all into one basket: depending on God and trusting Him with everything.
This old adage about eggs in one basket has been referred to as a “risk mitigation strategy.” We’re advised not to put all our resources, all our energy, and all our hopes into one place … just in case. But putting all my trust in God is a “risk elimination strategy”. Where, is a safer place for ALL of our trust and our hopes? Our Father is the ultimate source of strength and power, He is the god of hope and the God of peace, He will never abandon His children, His love and mercy surround us forever. Who but my Maker knows what I really need? Who else can keep my lamp burning and change my darkness to light? Who else can release my feet from the snare? Who else can be such a shield? Who else is a forever rock of refuge?
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Trying to gather all my eggs,