Last time we met, I regaled you with the antics of Devoted Spouse. Turnabout is fair play so today I shall tell on myself. Let the fun begin.
I have recently become involved in a ministry effort at my church. We are still forming a team and Sunday the newest members of the team met at a local restaurant for a get-together and overview of our team efforts to date. There were 6 of us around the table, plus our Pastor; a nice cozy gathering of spiritually-gifted ladies. Warriors for God. Woot!
We had some introductory time to chat and our Pastor gave us several questions to answer as an “ice-breaker.” I don’t know about you but just mention the term “ice-breaker” to me and I will do my best to scramble across the backs of the people next to me as I race to the nearest exit leaving all my possessions behind. Even though I’m a raging extrovert, I don’t do well with “ice-breakers.”
We partnered, asked each other the questions, jotted down the answers, then went around the room sharing one of those answers of our partner. Keep in mind, please, there are some deeply theologically thoughtful ladies at the table (including my Pastor to whom I’m right this moment sending a subliminal message….. I’m truly not a goofball…I’m truly not a goofball… I do take this seriously…I do take this seriously) and some of the answers given were very insightful and thought-provoking.
One question was: If you were a Super Hero, which Super Hero would you be and why? Another was: If you could ask Jesus any question face-to-face when you get to heaven what would you ask? And the third was: What ministries have you been involved in in the past and how were they a good fit for you? As I was eavesdropping, I was catching some very interesting answers going around the table (by this time I had already given my answers to my partner) and I’m thinking to myself….. dear partner puhleeeze don’t choose question number 2 to tell the group.
Didja ever do something you instantly regretted? Didja ever say something you wanted to snatch out of the air immediately…I mean immediately??? Yeah, uh-huh…me, too.
I’m overhearing ladies talking about asking Jesus some powerful questions….questions involving their families’ welfare….questions about their pets (HEY – I wanna know that EmmaLou will be there with me, too!) and some theological puzzlers like what will be the salvation for our friends of other faiths? These are all valid, spiritual, genuine, thoughtful, well-done answers.
My partner announces to the group…For Question Number Two on what would you ask Jesus face-to-face, Linda answered:
“Jesus, what’s the deal with brussel sprouts anyway…what were you thinkin?”
There was a polite smattering of laughter and all I wanted to do was slink away…get home, dye my hair another color, get on the Internet and find Guido who can get me a new identity andhelp me get outta Dodge.
I need to work on that part of my brain responsible for thoughtful replies…sigh…