Why not the King?

By Eddie Watson | Feb 18, 2014

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses,

And all the king’s men,

Couldn’t put Humpty back together again.”


That nursery rhyme always put questions in my mind. Who was Humpty Dumpty? Why was he taken to the king's horses and the king's men?

Regarding the first question, spiritually speaking, I believe that Humpty Dumpty could be a reference for the human race. I say that because every picture I have seen of Humpty, he is depicted as in the shape of an egg. Have you ever tried to stand an egg on its end?

It is almost impossible because of its instability, much like the state of many people. Unlike the toy's slogan, "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down"; many times we do fall, and sometimes we break. Which brings us to the second question. Who was it that took him to the king's horses and to the king's men and why?

When complex and complicated issues, situations, and circumstances seem to send our lives into a tailspin, many find themselves running to the financial gurus for a magic answer, to the medical professionals for a cure, and some turn to the bottle or push a needle into their skin in an attempt to numb the pain; often finding no answer and empty solutions.

Watch the television commercials and you'll see the airwaves filled with false promises that will usually take the despondent even deeper into darker despondency. Worse yet, sometimes, the "spiritual leaders" of the world promote more of man's answers than they do of God's.

Here is the question that I really want to ask, "Why didn't they take Humpty to the king?" In my reading of this nursery rhyme, in my mind I see the king as the supreme authority. So why didn’t they take him to the one person that might have been able to help?

I guess that it is easier to sing the old hymn "Living by Faith", than it is to really do it. Yes, I do believe that God has given men and women great knowledge and intelligence in finance, medicine, and many other fields of profession, but if we are going to claim Christ; then He should be our first response and not our last resort!

We all know that it is impossible to unscramble an egg, but in those times when we feel fragile, when we feel as though we are about to fall and break; remember what is impossible with man, is possible with God!

Comments (4)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Feb 18, 2014 15:30

"He should be our first response and not our last resort!" -- A similar thought: Don't just invite your pastors and preachers to your home for dinner after a funeral or marriage.  Bring your spiritual leader into your home on occasion so your children don't grow up thinking that's someone you have to go see on Sundays.  :-)  I found that's a good way for a family to get to know Christ outside of the church walls.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Feb 19, 2014 10:53

                          Having been born with Free Will and not choosing to subjugate it to anyone, I am my own "spiritual leader."


Posted by: Scott Lilly | Feb 19, 2014 11:31

I am my own "spiritual leader." -- Sounds like a Quaker philosophy.  :-)

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Feb 19, 2014 11:40

                          A take on Thomas Paine's "My own mind is my own church". Quakers were very influential in OUR Founding. As were Amish/Mennonite.  While previously being non-violent, they did take up arms against King George.Most Baptist churches proudly declared "Free Will."



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