Awwwwkward moments and LOL!
By Pastor Doug Cox
As my foot broke through the planking on my scaffolding it seems everything went into slow motion. Jana was walking out to our back yard to inspect my work on the deck cover I was determined to finish by the end of the day. I only had a couple more pieces of siding to go and it would be ‘mission accomplished.’ The goal for the moment was to measure the length of my next piece of siding which required a little acrobatic move on my part to do it. All I had to do was stretch from the ladder to the flimsy scaffolding, which I did, while hearing Jana say at the same time, “that doesn’t look safe.” I ignored her words thinking she hadn’t seen that I had been doing a great balancing act for most of the day up until now. But to my surprise my awkward move from the ladder to the scaffold had moved the planking a couple of inches the wrong way. So, after boarding the scaffold, I walked to the other side to take the measurement and my foot broke through and gravity started to do its thing.
The cleverness of the word ‘awwwwkward’ now comes to mind as I recall the next few seconds. I fell to the right dragging the scaffold down with me on to the flimsy worktable covered with tools which did hardly anything too break the fall. Instead it was more of a catapult for launching my skill saw into the air towards me and sending my feet to where my head should be. Once on the ground I remember thinking very quickly that it was all over, praying a quick prayer of thank you Lord I’m still alive and then seeing the scaffold was still following… only to land on top of me. Then, after a real quick mental self-examination and realizing there wasn’t enough pain anywhere for anything to be broken, I said to Jana, (who was afraid I was probably very badly hurt), “what a horrible way to empty my nail bag.” I laid there until we had picked the nails out of the grass and we had a good laugh even though there was some very real pain coming from several spots.
In case you missed my article last week “GF or LOL it’s your choice!“, I found another chance to practice what I preach. I could have started to have a Grumble Fest because my elbow hurt, my thigh ached, my skin was scraped, the table was bent and on and on, including blaming Jana for distracting me. (You know how easy it is to blame others for our mistakes and problems). But instead we turned it into laughing out loud and lots of laughs. Laughter somehow made the whole thing a lot better. In fact, Jana woke up the next day laughing about what happened. I”m so glad I can make her happy once in a while!
What can we learn?
- We can learn that when something is happening that isn’t funny, it can help to find something to laugh about in the middle of it.
- Maybe we could learn to video everything so we could have a way to market our misfortune. (Maybe in heaven we will see a video of me falling and some angels getting squashed as they softened my fall from the hard ground).
- Possibly we can learn that in so many circumstances we can thank the Lord that things weren’t worse than they were.
- Especially we can learn to thank Him for the medicine of laughter. Proverbs 17:22 tells us “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (ESV)
- Finally we must learn that joy brings us strength. The wise prophet Nehemiah tells us that “…the joy of the Lord is your strength” (see Nehemiah 8:10)
I know there are people out there with real reason to sorrow and I’m not diminishing that in any way. I’m just trying to encourage everyone that for the most part we could all probably do better job of living a happy life if we had a better sense of humor. Start practicing now. Even though there may not be anything really funny going on at the moment, at least think of something to smile about and go from there.