I have two winners of my mystery picture. Sharon Norris and Sandra. Way to go, girls!!
When I saw this, I didn't know what it was. But my husband gladly informed me. It's a manure spreader. And here was my reply: "Ewwwwww!" Did you even know that such a thing existed? I suppose I did, but who wants to think of such things? Some of the new ones even shred and spread at once! These people have put plants and Fall decorations on it, but talk about making a silk purse out of a sow's ear! Although, as time passes, I think it's pretty funny. And here's what came to my mind. The Pharisees. They would have absoluty loved this thing! You see, to the Pharisees, it didn't matter who or what you really were, as long as you appeared to be good. They were kind of the human version of this decorated manure spreader! They were the largest and most important religious group in their time, and were admired for their apparent piety. They believed that salvation came through strict obdience to many laws, but they thought that their own rules were just as important as God's! They were more concerned with appearing to be good than obeying God, and all that mattered to them was what other people saw. Here is what Jesus had to say to them in Matt. 23 "On the outside you appear to people as righteous, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness." They never did quite get it that we only need love and admiration from one source; the One who made us. Because nothing that we do for God is ever forgotten by him. Nothing. So it does amuse me to think of a Pharisee pulling along a very nicely decorated manure spreader, holding his nose all the while. Because even though he may try to cover it up, we all know what he's really spreading.