This month we thought we’d lighten things up a bit. We tend to dive deep. Sometimes, it’s good to come up for air, breathe from the belly, and let out a few laughs. Selfishly, I needed a break from all the sanctification that happens when we tackle the serious topics. This month we chew on some lighter fare. After all this is FACETS and we have multiple facets to our personalities too. Right? Image bearers of Christ have lots of dimension. (No, I didn’t say dementia!)
I’ll be curious what chuckles Kim, Jennifer and our guest contributor bring this month. Oh goodie! A month full of funny. I can handle that!
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.─Proverbs 31:25 NIV
A friend spoke this verse over me several years back. When she publicly proclaimed its truth over my head, it was fiction, not fact. I hadn’t laughed, really laughed, from a place of exuberant joy and peace in a long, long time. I’m not sure I’d ever felt strength other than the puffed up pretend kind, and dignity would never have been an adjective you’d have assigned to me.
But God’s got jokes! He is the ultimate Author of irony.
- Little David, here’s a slingshot, and a few stones. Now take out that giant.
- Here you go Joshua. Grab a trumpet and march around the city. Jericho falls. I know it makes no sense. Trust me.
- Rahab, tie this red ribbon in your window. You don’t realize it yet, but Christ will be in your lineage. Today this would be a reality show: From Prostitute to Princess.
- Gideon, I am going to reduce your numbers. You’ll have less and less help. But what do numbers matter? Haven’t you ever heard less is more? Don’t worry. I’ll bring victory. Quit biting your nails.
- Virgin birth (come on now!)
- Skunks. They look cute and cuddly. But stumble upon one and you’ll be singing a different tune (as you head to the store for tomato juice, planning on a good scrub in the tub).
- A girlie girl who will one day apparently love motorcycle riding. Even better, she’ll be a Bible-loving Biker. That’ll raise a few eyebrows, probably on both sides of the fence.
God’s got jokes! If you would have asked me, even one short year ago if I’d be a motorcycle mama (ha ha) I would have laughed and said, “Not a chance!” But what do I know? Once again, this confirms I don’t know my left from my right (which isn’t such a good thing for a Bible-loving Biker who needs to lean into the curves).
You want to know at least one thing that’s awesome about God’s irony? I get to embrace it and learn a bit more about how He made me. Just when I thought I was figuring me out. Even in that God says, “I know you better!” Of course He does. He designed me. Apparently, He designed me to love awesome shoes, fashion, and the rumble of an engine as I glide along tree covered country roads on two wheels.
He was right! Go figure.
If you think I’m exaggerating about the irony, consider this: Mint green jeans and matching scarf, of course. White riding jacket with coordinating helmet. (I may have started a Pinterest board on how to avoid helmet hair. Maybe. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.)
Now consider all of the above riding up to a biker rally greeted by a sea of black on black attire. That takes some inner strength! I know who I am. Who cares if they’re judging me for my mint green pants? Okay, so maybe I was a little self-conscious. But then I thought, who cares? I’ll do me, grinning knowingly. Before Christ I would have tried to conform. Now? Me and Jesus will make them curious!
Yesterday, I rode my motorcycle to work for the first time. It was glorious! God has given me a scenic route, literally an official Scenic Drive (thanks God!). I’m surrounded by nature on every side. Since this is one of the most powerful ways I connect with God, my whole ride to work is like worship.
Thank You, God, for this awesome gift I didn’t know I’d love. Thank You for the escape so I feel refreshed and restored, ready to take on each day with You. What a blessing to have such a beautiful ride – and no way for anyone to get ahold of me over the rumble of my engine. Woot Woot! Peace inside my helmet. A voice echoing inside that same helmet a little off key.
How great is our God. Sing with me how great is our God. And all will see how great, how great is our God.
And then a little giggle escaped between me and my God. Isn’t He awesome?
There is one thing more I’m wondering─at least for now. I know there are bikers who are Christian. The ones I know all were bikers first; Christianity came second. Maybe God’s just showing me He made me a little weird (truth — but His word calls it unique), but I wonder what He’s going to do with a Bible-loving woman who became a biker second. When God’s irony shows itself, you better believe we should prepare for more of the unexpected!
I have a feeling I will have some interesting encounters up ahead. It’s okay. We’re trained in motorcycle class to observe the road ahead. It’s more important what’s coming than what’s behind. Yeah, sure, you need to look for the tailgaters following too close for comfort. But the open, winding road ahead is where we need to focus.
Ahead is where adventure awaits.
How has God’s irony surprised you? What unexpected joy did you experience? What adventure awaits you?
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