And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
I’ve lived on this planet for nearly five and a half decades… and believe me when I say I’ve had my share of AWKWARD moments! With every one of them, I’ve learned to shake it off and move on as I laugh (and pee a little…) sorry – TMI.
There’s a reason that Taylor Swift’s song, Shake It Off resonates with the masses. We’re all too human and that means we are not perfect, which means that at times we are all awkward and experience awkward moments. The good news is – our awkward moments in life are not life-altering. We know that God works ALL things for our good – and by all, I mean – ya know… ALL!
That’s why we must not give up – on anything! We have to remember that every day will not be filled with roses and violin music! If it was, we’d have precious little to share in the way of life experience – let alone, things to look back on and have a hearty laugh! Some things make us more human, and the humanity is the part that we all have in common. It makes us more relatable to one another.
So, with a humble heart and blushing cheeks, I share my most awkward moment in ministry. I wouldn’t trade this day for anything, yet I definitely would not like to relive it either.
Being part of ministry in any capacity is never a waste of time. Remember the words to the old hymn…
Only one life, so soon ’twill be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.
There can be – shall I say, “awkward moments” along the way. We know that God leads the way and He gave us many safe trips for sure! Awkward moments happen though – with people and situations.
From the mid 1980’s through the mid 1990’s, my husband and I were part of a gospel quartet. We spent time traveling around and ended up in a small town in Kansas for a Sunday evening service. I decided to wear blue jeans and a tee-shirt for traveling, certain that there would be a place to change my clothes.
When we got to the church, we got all set up and was ready to practice to adjust the sound and so forth… I casually looked around the small church, but did not see a restroom. I began to panic a little and pray a lot. I needed to put my dress on for the concert.
About that time, the pastor walked in – all smiles. I was nearly in tears. I was embarrassed to ask, so had my husband ask if there was a restroom. When my husband came back to tell me – I could tell by the look on his face – this was not going to be good. The restroom was an outhouse. Yep – and that’s where I changed clothes.
I got ‘er done, folks! Dignity intact, I’m happy to report. Then we played a few more songs in the sanctuary – and noticed a scraggly old dog had walked into the church. He decided to lay down in the aisle and listen. We played one song – then the dog got up, turned around and walked right back out the door. LOL!!!
My husband said… Now THAT’S a critic! 🙂