“What in the name of Al Gore is going on outside today?” These were the first words that came out of my pastors mouth last Sunday. It is officially spring and it was just below 40 degrees in Houston. Talk about some CRAZY weather. His question was met with immediate laughter from everyone in the crowd, or so I thought! After service I was out working the registration table for our upcoming youth event. This lady was filling out a registration card as the main doors to the building swung open. It was instantly freezing and I decided to be witty and repeat my pastors humorous question…..I didn’t get quite the same response he did.
This lady proceeded to lecture me for about 5 minutes on the insanity of making light of such a serious problem. She informed me of how offended she was at such humor and chided me for daring to repeat the offense. I just stared at her blankly…until I could no longer keep in the laughter. I know that it only offended her more, and I apologized, but I just couldn’t help it, it was pretty funny. I don’t pretend to be an expert on the global warming debate. I watch the news and try to say on top of things, but this is just one of those issues I haven’t invested too much time in. She yelled at me and honestly expected me to go to battle with her. I made some generic comment about God being in control of it all and smiled in an effort to make everyone at the table a little less uncomfortable.
I would have kept my mouth shut if I would had I thought that my stolen humor would have caused an offense. I was completely unprepared for the verbal bullets she was shooting at me. As I was sharing this story, in my usual animated fashion, to my husband on the way home from church he made a comment about how unpredictable life is. We can speculate about a lot of things, prepare for what we understand, learn as much as possible about what we don’t understand; despite this we will still be caught off guard. Whether it is a hotly debated political issue or a deeply spiritual issue, God is on top of it. And while I am not implying that we do not have a responsibility to be wise about things, we cannot become slaves to them. We can, and should, do everything we can to take care of everything God has given us. I think the danger comes in when we do everything we can intellectually and underestimate our all-knowing God.
The lesson I learned today: don’t make off the cuff remarks about something you aren’t prepared to defend! 🙂
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” Proverbs 24:1-2