“Stop!” The store salesman yelled, raising his hand in alarm.

“Stop!” The store salesman yelled, raising his hand in alarm. He was joking, surely. I was about to put up the brolly I’d bought from him earlier, to show a fault. “I’m flying this weekend, I don’t want to take risks,” he said seriously, and escorted me out of the store where I ‘safely’ raised the umbrella on the pavement. He was someone who believes an umbrella put up indoors brings ‘bad luck’. I suppressed the urge to ask what might happen if the aircraft’s captain, crew, or a passenger had raised their umbrella indoors before their flight. Would it have triggered an aviation disaster? It’s interesting to discover where some superstitions arose from. People who make a point of not walking under a ladder, for instance, follow the lead of the Ancient Egyptians who left a ladder against the tomb wall where they believed good and evil spirits lived. The ladder ‘aided’ the dead to climb to a higher realm. Mortals didn’t walk beneath it to avoid ‘disturbing the spirits’. A national newspaper listed the top 20 UK superstitions. The first three were: · Walking under a ladder is unlucky · Touching wood avoids bad luck · Breaking a mirror brings bad luck Curiously, one superstition has a different outcome depending on your location. A black cat seen in Britain, Ireland and Germany is ‘lucky’ so long as it goes from left to right. Elsewhere, though, sight of a black cat is an omen of death. Inconsistent? You decide! The Lord God gives a reliable message about the best thoughts to allow into our life. "Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good." Proverbs 16v20 ESV "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." Proverbs 3v5 "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple." Psalm 19v7 The Bible encourages us to listen to God’s unchanging, guiding voice. When we think about it seriously, we know that putting an umbrella up inside a building cannot affect anything. Yet, in this age of ‘following the science’ and ‘rationality’ such ideas persist. You’re on safer ground when you consider the Word of God: its message has been there from long before superstition began. pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.com

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