God goes for the laughs

Recently I had a current most-embarrassing moment. (I am lucky enough to have several in my repertoire.) This is kind of embarrassing to share, and not for the faint-hearted. But here goes, anyway.

I’m at church. Don’t really need to use the restroom, but figure I’ll check my teeth.

As I walk in, the smell overwhelms me. Must be a backed-up pipe, I think, but wheeeew, man oh man!

As I am exiting the successful tooth-check point, three teenage girls breeze in past me. I remember a breathy “Hiiiii” exiting my mouth, but here is where the internal self-talk begins. I am saying to myself, “They are going to think that I am responsible. Do I say something? Do I not say something? If I say something, will it be, ‘She protesteth too much?’”

Well, by the time my brilliant self-talk is completed, they are well past me and into the bathroom. And then the dreaded moment. I hear laughter and giggles. And they are not coming from me.

After sharing this with a friend or two, and at the loving response of trying to make me feel better, they have shared their most embarrassing moments. They have also been kind enough to let me share them with you.

Into looking glass number one:

Let’s call her Jane Doe no. 1. Hey, she’s not that good of a friend to let me use her name! Melinda –– ugh I mean Jane Doe no. 1 –– is a chcief financial officer of let’s just say a major corporation that you would all recognize.

She goes to this party with her top associates, which may or may not have included some celebrities.

In the midst of the evening, the main toilet plugs up. “Must be too many people using the main toilet,” she thinks innocently. Until the next day, when her boss, the president of the company, explains to her that The Mystery of The Plugged Up Toilet has been solved and that she is part of the solution of his detective work.

He hands her a major credit card with her name on it. She could not deny or protest that it was not hers. She explained to me later, horrified, “The last I remember, it was in my pocket.” I responded (always one to make someone feel better –– just a gift I have, I guess), “Well , when the credit card company says, ‘Don’t leave home without it, that may not be exactly what they mean.””

Enter Jane Doe no. 2. Picture a big pool party that includes neighbors, friends and co-workers. JD2 recalls her most embarrassing moment. She is trying to be festive and interact with her dad.

Her internal speak is saying, “I am going to ask my dad in a loud, jovial way if he is going to, let’s say, take a jump in the pool, or should I say dip in the pool.”

What leaves her horrified mouth is “Hey, dad, are you going to take a dump in the pool?”

Let’s just say that as time stood still for her, her dad’s response was something like, “What did you say?” Like she’s going to repeat it!

So how am I going to tie this in with God, you ask?

Well, do you think God has a sense of humor? I do.

Why do we sometimes think He wants to squash us like a bug and make us feel bad about everything? I picture Him as a loving God who, of course, leads us in the right direction, but also who knows how to laugh.

I feel that laughter and joy hold hands. It is amazing how many references there are to “joy” in the Bible.

Spiritually speaking, I suggest that we try God’s joy on for size. He promises it to us, and it’s even unconditional in any circumstance.

In Ecclesiastics, the author says, “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh.”

So there is a time for laughter in God’s eyes. Although I have to admit, sometimes weeping in the midst of my current, personal, most embarrassing moment feels just right.

Cindy Jury is a freelance writer and the women’s ministry leader at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Federal Way (927-0268). She can be reached at

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