I love how, at just the right time, God will send someone to tell you exactly what you need to hear. That happened to me last night standing outside our church.
I go to a church where people struggle with many various issues. I suppose it’s not much different from most other churches, except, at our church, no one hides the fact that they’re REALLY jacked up! In fact, a lot of them simply can’t hide it.
You can always spot the ones who’ve been in prison. I’m not sure if its the neck tattoos or the fact that those people love BIG! People who’ve been beaten down by life tend to love just as hard as they partied when their lives are transformed by a loving, merciful God.
You can most always tell which ones struggle with addiction. They’ll be the ones standing in the smoking section outside. When I first pulled up at this church, I thought the building was on fire! I was dialing 911, and upon further evaluation, realized there were just THAT many people outside smoking. I have to say, I was taken aback by that at first, but after being around those people, I realized their love for Christ was as hot as the tip of the cigarettes they were smoking! Now, I love seeing those people out there! I love the fact that our church truly loves unconditionally. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Last, but certainly not least, you can surely tell which ones of us struggle with food, or the eating thereof. And by “struggle” I don’t mean that it’s hard for us to find it, or difficult for us to put the fork or spoon to our mouths. I mean we LOVE to eat it! Most of us come from a Southern Baptist background, or are simply from the south. Last night, we were the ones slung up in a classroom eating birthday cake. It wasn’t announced to the whole church that there was cake for Josh’s birthday. Those of us who struggle with food simply sniffed it out. Period.
Later, Mike and I were having a discussion about diabetes and ADHD, and sugar highs, when Jana started telling us that, after much research, she and her husband Jeff, had discovered that several of those issues were linked to an amino acid deficiency. Mike asked them if that was a natural vitamin, and that if your body didn’t need it, would your kidneys filter it out? They said it was. I asked, “Is this something that’s going to make us fatter?” Mike was clearly bothered by the fact that I had included him in my question. I’m still not sure why I did! I don’t think he’s fat! But anyway, she assured me that it wouldn’t. Mike assured me that eating food was what was making him fat. I assured him that forks were making me fat! He said, and I quote, “You can just tell people that you’re really forked up.” I busted a gut! That was the quote of the night UNTIL…..
We were discussing smoking, and Jeff said he remembered when you could smoke in restaurants. After he and Jana had eaten at the Waffle House one night, he said he couldn’t even get in the bed until he took a shower because the smoke smell was so bad. He said, “Even my underwear smelled like smoke!” Dry as a bone, and quick like a fox, Steve said, “You were sniffing your underwear?!” Needless to say, laughter erupted.
See, God is so sweet to reveal things to us at just the right time! I now have a diagnosis for my struggle, and I also know that certain other people have an underwear sniffing problem. I’m so thankful that we attend a church who accepts every person, and all their issues! Even underwear sniffers! That’s proof that God can, and will use anyone!
Yes, the body has many parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And what would you think if you heard an ear say, “I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye”? Would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, HOW COULD YOU SMELL ANYTHING? (ex: underwear) * emphasis mine*
But that isn’t the way God has made us. He has made many parts for our bodies and has put each part just where he wants it. 19 What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! 1 Corinthians 12:14-19