I don’t like practical jokes……if they’re played on me! However, when I play a practical joke on someone else, I LOVE them! Not that I’m all dishy no takey or anything.
My friend, Angie, is the director of Sav-A-Life, the pregnancy test center here in our county. It’s a faith based program where they counsel girls who find themselves in “unexpected”, “expecting” situations, and give them alternatives to abortion. The perfect place for a practical joke, don’t you think?
Angie is a very sweet, soft spoken (for the most part) person. She loves The Lord, she’s very professional, and takes her job seriously. She hadn’t been the director long when my friend Kenny came to visit. Angie had never met Kenny, so this was our perfect chance to pull one over on our poor, sweet little, unexpecting Angie.
I stayed in the car while Kenny went in. First off, not many lone men come in there seeking counsel. She greets him and asks how can she help. He then proceeds to ask her “Do y’all check for STDs here?” Angie, still in a professional manner, tells him they don’t, and refers him to the local doctor’s office. “But” Kenny replies, “I just thought you could take a quick look at ‘it’.” Remaining professional, eyes a little wider now, she, again, gives Kenny the name of the local doctor and assures him that the good doc will be more than happy to help. Not giving up, Kenny begins to tell her, “but, it’s really itchin’ and burnin’ down there, really bad! PLEASE, can you just look at it?!” Angie, appearing more nervous, starts to say something else when Kenny says, “My girlfriend’s got it too! Let me get her in here. Maybe you can look at hers!” He flings open the door, yelling at the top of his lungs, “hey honey! Come on in! Honey!!” At this point Angie’s mouth is agape. I’m not sure what she was thinking, but I’m sure it was something like “dear God, please get these STD ridden people out of my office!”
That’s when I come in to let poor Angie off the hook. She’s standing there with a very awkward look on her face. You could tell she was so thankful to see a familiar face, until Kenny and I burst out laughing. She was confused until I introduced her to my friend, then we all had a good laugh!
This sort of reminds me of the story in the bible where God asks Moses to lead the Israelites. Moses immediately begins to refer God to his brother Aaron. “God, you know I don’t speak well. What about my brother Aaron? He’s a much better speaker!” We all know that Moses ended up leading his people. You cant really blame poor Moses for trying to get out of it; I think I would’ve made excuses too! Those people were so stubborn!
Stubborn just like me! I have found myself in more than one situation where God has asked me to do something and I immediately start making excuses. Isn’t that the preacher’s job? They’ll hear that from the Sunday school teacher. I’m just too nervous. I don’t do that well enough, so and so is much better than I am. You name it, I’ve used it.
Just like Kenny wouldn’t give up trying to get Angie to look at his STD, God won’t give up on His plans! He’ll either make us so miserable that we finally give in, or He’ll find someone else to do it, and we miss out on a huge blessing; all because we don’t trust Him enough to equip us with what we need.
God’s going to ask us to do things. When He does, He doesn’t expect us to be perfect; He just wants us to be willing! Our job is to simply trust! Poor Angie, she just wasn’t trusting God enough to check out Kenny’s make believe STD. TSK. TSK. TSK.
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The Message