Editor’s note: I added more at the very end.
When I arrived at the house yesterday I found pieces of a broken mirror littering the garage floor.
“What happened here?”
“I forgot there was a mirror on the back of a door and I dropped it.”
“Good thing we’re not superstitious.”
I used to be, then I became a Christian, started reading my Bible and tossed all the superstitions out the window. Much like I used to toss salt over my shoulder when I spilled it.
My interest in superstitions began as a young girl. I remember walking to the local library and checking out books on the subject, learning as much as I could.
There were the wishes:
- I made my parents honk when going through a tunnel while I placed my hand on the car ceiling and made a wish.
- When I saw a white horse in a field I’d lick my thumb, make a fist, wrap my other hand around it and make a wish.
- Of course there was the turkey bone at Thanksgiving.
- And the birthday cake!
There was luck:
- I’d never walk under a ladder or cross the path of a black cat.
- While walking down the sidewalk I wouldn’t dare step on a crack, unless I was mad at my mom. Sorry mom!
- How many pennies did I not pick up because they were tails up? If they were heads up they would quickly find their way into my left shoe.
- If someone gave me knives for a gift I’d have to pay them for them. Usually a quarter.
- Oh, and the hairy arms. My childhood BFF Janice said if I had hairy arms I’d be rich.
- And I no longer believe talking about something good will jinx it, much to the frustration of my bestie Deb.
I realize that some of our readers will think that Christianity is a superstition. I used to feel that way too. But now, years later, I’ve seen how Jesus has worked in my life and the lives of others. My life changed drastically when I started trusting in Him.
So I say bring on the black cats, the ladders, the broken mirrors and let’s talk about hopes and dreams. I’m not afraid!
I’d love to hear about the superstitions you’ve experienced over the years!
One last thing, this Sunday’s Easter. If you don’t have a church that you attend, consider finding one this week.
My friend Tammy notes some more on our Facebook page! How in the world did I forget these?
- Knocking on wood.
- Bad things happen in threes.
- Wishing upon the first star of the night.
- Sports rituals.
- When the clasp of a necklace moves to the front, make a wish as you put it back in place.
- Holding your breath as you pass a cemetery or go over a bridge.