Do you believe miracle?
Yes I do. Indeed I have seen ones so often.
This morning I had another one. Let me tell you:
I have bought a new plastic trashcan a week ago.
Recently I found it so annoying, because it fell down very easily.
Today, looking at the trashcan, I understood the reason of its instability.
It had a geometry that its diameter was larger at the top than at the bottom.
I said, “No doubt it’s unstable with such a shape that…that…”
How is this shape called (in English)?
I made a search with such keywords as “cone cut tip.”
It was easy. Soon I found the word “frustum,” which are used both cones and pyramids whose tips have been cut. I also found one could say “truncated cone,” more exactly “circular truncated cone,” because “truncate” is used to cut out an object with any angle.
Now I could tell…maybe… my trashcan had a shape of “reverse cone frustum.”
Anyway what I wanted to know is, why many trashcans are made in its shape? It may very well to take the normal frustum, whose bottom is wider than the top, which must be more stable.
So I made a search again, this time to know whether there would be a special reason for the unstable shape of many trashcans. If there were one, I would not complain on this issue any more…
Then something led me to input as keywords a sentence (in Japanese), “trash can fell down easily “, instead of words on the shape.
The third item hit through the search took my attention. It was a document of a baptist church somewhere in Japan.
What the church had to do with the unstable trash can?
I clicked the link and found an essay by the preacher of the church:
One day I met a trash can in the room of a hotel I stayed. It was really unstable without the placeholder….
…The Bible is a placeholder of your belief. If you are apart from the Bible, your belief will easily fall down, like that trashcan.
(The Essay on the Blog of Kokura Baptist Church. Surprising, the author is from the US, so skilled in Japanese!)
The essay let me find that the my trashcan should reflect my belief. From now on I will not get angry at it, but look back into my attitude towards God. But for Him, who could have lead me from a trashcan to the church!?