I don’t like milk, in fact it is my kryptonite. My wife knows this and when she wants to gross me out, she’ll leave a cup of milk on the table a bit too long and as the milk reaches room temperature my skin begins to crawl.
My hatred of milk started many moons ago when I was forced to dump out gallons of rotten milk down a slop drain at the grocery store I used to work at. I used to plug my nose as chunks of curdled and sour milk glugged out of the jug and headed down the drain. Needless to say this wasn’t my favorite job assignment.
One day I was pouring two gallons of sour whole milk down the drain when I noticed the drain not fully draining anymore. The curdled milk was starting to spread out across the floor. Hmmm I thought to myself must be something wrong with the drain and when a sour milk drain stops draining, the only thing to do is to continue pouring milk down in hopes that it will eventually start to work.
I poured the remaining milk down the drain and hoped it would unclog. Alas it did not and now I had a pool of sour milk spreading across the floor. Whoops better grab a mop. I headed over to grab a mop and in the process caught my manager’s eye.
“Hey Undem, something spill?” my manager said.
“Nope, just need to mop up some sour milk that won’t go down the drain,” I grabbed the mop bucket and made my way back to the drain.
“That thing stop working again eh? Well you best figure out how to get it cleaned out.” he said returning to his inventory report.
Oh crap, I need to clean out the milk drain. The thought of the milk drain made me throw up a little in my mouth. It was the probably the one job at the store I feared the most. I’d rather clean toilets or pick up cigarette butts with my bare hands than clean out the milk drain. That thing was absolutely disgusting, but there was work to do. I rolled up the sleeves on my white dress shirt and hung my tie up in the break room.
Thankfully, I don’t remember much about cleaning out the drain. My brain has blocked most of the images out of my head in an attempt at self preservation. All i do remember is that it was probably the most disgusting thing I have ever done in my life and it has since soured me on my desire to drink milk.
Recently I thought I would make an attempt at drinking milk again. So one evening I poured myself a nice talk glass of Kryptonite and took a small sip, and by small I mean a very small sip. The milk made its way across my taste buds, who in turn lit up like a Christmas tree alerting my brain that milk had breached the system defenses and evasive actions where needed. That one small sip was all I needed to confirm to myself that I still hated milk.
The next day i decided to try milk again, this time I would try while on my lunch break at work. I figured since I was no longer at home and in a new environment that maybe, just maybe milk would taste better. One tiny sip later and it was confirmed that I hated milk while at work too. It doesn’t matter where I am I don’t like milk.
As I ponder my recent milk experiment and it’s bearing on my life I can’t help but call to mind part of the Lord’s prayer, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. We all struggle at one time or another in our lives with God’s will. We fail to do what He asks of us or simply don’t like what He wants for us to do. Truth of the matter is if we don’t like God’s will here on earth, we aren’t going to like it heaven, just like if I found out if I don’ t like milk at home I’m not going to like it at work
If we truly desire heaven we must first learn how to do God’s will here on earth. I just hope God doesn’t desire me to like milk that may be kind of hard for me to swallow.