A friend of mine was flipping through the channels this morning and came up on this lady preaching. Now, this poor lady was country! She had old lady hair, no make up and glasses. She was holding a microphone with both hands, and her expression NEVER changed! And her southern drawl makes me sound like a straight up Yankee! If you’ve ever heard me talk, then you know she’s COUNTRY! Plus, like most old country preachers, at the end of just about every sentence, she added the “hah”. Wait. I’ll just show y’all a picture! And YES this is really her!
She told about the time she made her friend some dumplin’s (yes, that’s how she pronounced it!) She said that her friend said “You didn’t have to do that.” She replied, “I know-hah. But I can’t fix-hah Jesus no dumplin’s-ah, but I can-hah make you dumplin’s-ah.” Now, had any of us ever uttered those last two sentences, they would’ve been said with gusto! But not this church lady! Oh, you could tell she meant it alright, but I’m just not sure if she’s capable of changing expressions! And it’s certainly not due to Botox injections or anything like that! It seemed more like she might’ve thought that preachers are to be serious at all times, or maybe she was nervous? I don’t know. It could simply be that her personality is straight up DRY! Either way, I couldn’t help but chuckle, and she was definitely entertaining! And just when I thought that the ‘dumplin’s’ thing might be the highlight of my day, another woman got up to sing! All I can say is I’ve never, and I mean NEVER, heard “What Child Is This” sound quite like this. Bless her Lord! Bless’er! That’s about all I can say.
This whole thing got me wondering something though. There’s a video out there of me speaking at our church. I wonder how many people have watched it and made fun of me?! I probably sound about as country as that church lady to a lot of people! I guess that’s why, if God calls us to do something, we’re not to worry what others think! We’re to do it to the best of our ability and let Him take care of the rest. Apparently He will at least make sure we’re entertaining! 🙂
As entertaining as she was, I’m going to have to disagree with her about what she said about not being able to “fix Jesus no dumplin’s-hah.” If we see someone in need, and we make them dumplin’s, we may as well be putting them right into the mouth of Jesus! Jesus told His disciples this story. This is from the book of Matthew chapter 25. “Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, my Father has given you his blessing. Receive the kingdom God has prepared for you since the world was made. I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your house. I was without clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then the good people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you alone and away from home and invite you into our house? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’ “Then the King will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.’ See! I told you!
How about, instead of only thinking of ourselves, we do something sweet for Jesus today! Let’s look for people who may be in need, and then do something about it! I’m wiling to bet that Jesus (especially southern Jesus) loves dumplin’s! Oh. And just for the record. It’s probably not a good idea to make fun of someone who’s trying to do Kingdom work. Do as I say-hah, not as I do-hah! 😉 IJS.