Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Awkward Rain


Has anyone noticed when awkwardness rains, it pours?

Like that moment when you order a Chicago dog and a drink from Sonic and they happen to throw in an unordered vanilla cone...

But you're not in the mood to bring it up, let alone eat it up...

So you just accept it despite the fact you don't have the room to consume an eight-inch tower of spiraling decadence...

And you're a downtown TDOT employee, which by default, requires a seven-minute walk from parking lot to main entrance...

So you're on the clock to contain what is now a melting eight-inch tower of drooping decadence...

And as you finally make your way into the break room…


A stranger asks you if you're married...

And instead of being predictable, you emphasize the glorious fact by flashing the hand laden with bling, forgetting to utter words as you make the hastened gesture, which in turn, appears to offend the person…

But you don't really know for sure...

So you then decide to say something to the tune of "Why yes! Yes, I am", prompting a half-hearted laugh to soften the burn of inelegance...

And as the stranger exits stage left, wondering what the shrek just happened, you plop what's now a cascading stream of vanilla stew into the freezer...

But you don't want the situation to get you down...so you tell yourself, "I'm going to be so happy right now...I'm going to make people jealous...they wish they had some of this!"…

So you wisp away with a bright smile on route to your office, giving yet another stranger coming off the elevator two very awkward thumbs up, which thoroughly confuses them to the point of a double take...
Like did that really just happen?...

And the waning moments of the workday is spent peeling brown Sonic paper and white napkins off the vanilla cone as if peeling a raw potato…

Maybe this hasn’t happened to you verbatim. But let’s get real: we’ve all been here before. We’ve all tripped on shoelaces, expelled brain farts in public speeches and prompted enough awkward starfishes to populate a large fish tank at the dentist’s office.

Yet, in spite of this fact, isn’t it refreshing to know everyone encounters embarrassment like this? Isn’t it even more refreshing that tomorrow is a new day, and we don’t necessarily have to wait until the clock strokes midnight?

For someone who commits his fair share of blunders on a daily basis, I find supernatural satisfaction knowing wisdom permits me to push the 'refresh' button at any point. Such strategy is not confined to wishful thinking; contrarily, it's a life-sustaining tactic that keeps the enemy at bay and allows God to come in, "reposture the hand" (see picture above) and ultimately realize just how amazing life is with Him...

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” ~ Matthew 6:34 (MSG)

Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.” ~ Ecclesiastes 11:7 (NLT)

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."~ Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

So regardless of what the world says, we’re not inferior for provoking face palms. We’re not sub-par when the cheeks light up. Sometimes, we’re going get caught in a downpour with no escape route in sight. Sometimes, the bucket is going to spill what it may and there’s absolutely nothing we can do to stop it. But blessed is the man who dances in the rain, who is not intimidated by the storm. For his hope is secure and not easily swayed by inevitable clumsiness or social mishaps.

For today was meant to be faced and embraced, not shaked and baked.

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