A time — and an award — for ev­ery­thing

Record Observer - - Religion -

Rare is the time when I ac­tu­ally am all caught up with my sched­ule. When­ever I think I am caught up, some­thing hap­pens that takes that and throws it out the win­dow.

Such was the case this past week. I was very much happy with the fact that I was on sched­ule and I had ev­ery­thing in hand. Noth­ing makes me feel bet­ter.

Of course, this is mostly delu­sional, at least for me. If there ever was an award for be­ing delu­sional, I am quite cer­tain I would be at the top of the list. The amaz­ing thing about be­ing delu­sional is that you never think you are.

As I was wal­low­ing in my delu­sion and en­joy­ing ev­ery mo­ment of it, the Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age came and said rather sharply, “Are you ready to go?”

At the mo­ment, I had no idea what she was talk­ing about. And so I re­sponded, “Huh?”

I’m not sure if that is re­ally a word or not, but it ac­cu­rately de­scribed my delu­sional mo­ment at that time. I had no idea what she was talk­ing about.

“You haven’t,” she said, “forgotten what day it is, have you?”

I was tempted to say, “Of course not. It’s Tues­day.” For­tu­nately, I did not yield to that temp­ta­tion and just re­sponded with an­other, “Huh?”

With a dis­dain­ing look she said, “You would for­get your head if it wasn’t at­tached.”

I wouldn’t tell her, but I prob­a­bly would not miss my head if I would for­get it. Af­ter all, I don’t wear a hat.

“To­day,” she said in a very serene voice, “the two grand­chil­dren are get­ting awards at school.”

I’m not quite sure if I for­got or if I was not lis­ten­ing when the in­struc­tions came my way. At this point, I was not go­ing to let any­body know, par­tic­u­larly my wife.

“Oh, yes,” I said get­ting up from my chair, “I’m all ready to go. Let’s go.”

She gave me one of her clas­sic sar­cas­tic grins and we headed for the door.

Our one grand­daugh­ter was grad­u­at­ing from the third grade and the other from the fifth grade. Un­for­tu­nately, one was at 8:30 in the morn­ing and the other was it 1 o’clock in the af­ter­noon. It would make sense to have them all at once, but what has sense to do in our world to­day?

I did not want to com­plain, af­ter all, it is our grand­chil­dren, but I think the plan­ning could have been just a lit­tle bit bet­ter than that. Af­ter all, sit­ting in the school cafe­te­ria lis­ten­ing to the award cer­e­mony is about as ex­cit­ing as it can get.

The chairs that we had to sit on were un­com­fort­able, which was very for­tu­nate for me be­cause I was not tempted to fall asleep dur­ing the cer­e­mony. I be­lieve that was done on pur­pose.

Imag­ine get­ting an award for com­plet­ing the third grade!

I can­not re­mem­ber any such thing when I was go­ing to grade school. Our great award was leav­ing school and go­ing home in the af­ter­noon. It just doesn’t get any bet­ter than that.

We live in a dif­fer­ent world to­day where ev­ery­body gets an award for some­thing or some­times for noth­ing.

Then I re­mem­bered my cell phone in my shirt pocket. It is times like this that God had in mind when he in­vented this cell phone tech­nol­ogy. I pulled out my cell phone and started check­ing my email.

Then I felt a sharp pain in my right ribs (thanks Eve) and I heard a voice say­ing, “Put that away and pay at­ten­tion.”

Slowly and re­luc­tantly, I re­turned my cell phone to my shirt pocket and tried to pay at­ten­tion but I didn’t have enough quar­ters. Pay­ing at­ten­tion can be very ex­pen­sive when you’re in sit­u­a­tions like this.

The prob­lem is that the grade school, par­tic­u­larly the third grade, had more chil­dren than my grand­chil­dren. They were try­ing to give awards and recog­ni­tion to all the chil­dren and I was only in­ter­ested in one, my grand­daugh­ter.

I was mus­ing on this for a while and then my com­pan­ion said, “Look, there she is.”

When she said that, out came her cell phone and she be­gan tak­ing pic­tures of our grand­daugh­ter walk­ing up to the stage to get an award. I can’t use my cell phone, but she’s at lib­erty to use her cell phone. Where’s the fair­ness in that?

Tak­ing a hint from my wife, I reached for my cell phone only to re­al­ize that I was too late and the mo­ment was gone. I glanced over at my wife and all I could see was the big smile on her face and her say­ing, “I got her pic­ture.” All I could do was re­turn her smile and con­grat­u­late her on get­ting the pic­ture.

Af­ter each of the award cer­e­monies my wife and I went for­ward and she took pic­tures of me in the grand­chil­dren to­gether which made her rather happy.

All the way home that af­ter­noon, she was gig­gling and chat­ter­ing very ex­cit­edly. “Her” grand­chil­dren re­ceived some awards. Ac­cord­ing to her, these were very spe­cial awards.

I smiled and was tempted to say, “Aren’t they my grand­chil­dren too?” Why spoil the mo­ment. She was ex­cited and happy and it was worth my si­lence.

I was re­minded of what Solomon said. “A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep si­lence, and a time to speak” (Ec­cle­si­astes 3:7).

A wise man knows when “to keep si­lence.”

Dr. James L. Snyder is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­der2@att.net. The church web­site is www. whatafel­low­ship.com.

CHURCH HILL — The Rev. Wayne Thomp­son Jr., pas­tor at Mt. Pleas­ant United Methodist Church, will be the guest preacher for Friends Day at Bethel AME Church, 208 Agnes St., Church Hill at 2 p.m. Sun­day, June 11.

Bethel AME will present Praise in Song by the Mt. Olive Praise Team and the Good Shep­herds at 3:30 p.m. Satur­day, June 17.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Al­freda Den­nis Bowyer at 410-726-8087 or email 129con­ley@gmail.com.

GRA­SONVILLE — Wye Bi­ble Church will host “Ad­ven­tures on Promise Is­land” Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School from 6 to 8 p.m. June 19 through June 23 for kids 4 to 12 years old. The clos­ing cer­e­mony will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 25 at Con­quest Beach in Centreville.

Reg­is­ter at www.wye­biblechurch.com/min­istrie/vbs2017-ad­ven­tures-promi­seis­land/.

Visit www.wye­biblechurch.com for more de­tails or call 410-827-6650.

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