Day’?s Verse:
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Hebrews 6:10-12

The past month, cold winter air has plagued everybody here with shocks every time we touch doorknobs — all doorknobs around here are metal, in a metal door, presumably to better conduct static electricity in the wintertime. Like the weather, static shocks have become an acceptable topic of conversation with total strangers. Now I cringe when reaching for a doorknob, but I also receive shocks pretty much anywhere else I encounter metal.

One particularly unusual shock came one evening as I walked out with my bike. With one hand on the bicycle frame, I reached for the doorknob. Instantly I heard a crack accompanied by a shock in my doorknob-reaching hand and simultaneously in my bike-holding hand. This has happened several times since, and I kind of look forward to it. I envision a huge jolt of electricity (of very low amperage) passing through my left arm, across my torso, into my right hand, down my metal bike frame and into the floor through all the salt residue on the tires. I wonder: Could I clean the tires thoroughly and not get shocked, since rubber doesn’?t conduct?

Today, walking downstairs to receiving (four doorknobs to touch), I suddenly had a brilliant idea:

Turn off all the lights in the building, and we can all walk around seeing sparks every time we touch a door.

Think how brilliant this is! People would have fun when that tell-tale snapping sound occurred because they could see the brief, or sometimes not-so-brief, flash of light to accompany it! Instead of miserably complaining about static, they would vie for the brightest, longest zap. Getting shocked could be the next big thing!

One thought on “I Am a Walking Leyden Jar

  1. Talk about getting shocked. I need you to pray for my family and especially Daniel. His dad was given six months to a year today to live.

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