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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: Friends for Life
By Mildred Sheldon
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I frantically called Katie and Angie late Friday evening after my Bible study class crying. I finally calmed down enough to ask them if we could get together Saturday.
Saturday morning came and I saw Katie, Angie and their kids coming through the back gate. The kids ran toward the pool where my two kids were splashing each other giggling.
“Good morning girls I hope you are ready to help solve my problem.” I said.
We embraced each other tenderly and sat down at the patio table.
“Well spit it out Pat. Now what did you do that caused you to have a complete melt down last night? I don’t think the worlds coming to an end yet so talk to us.” Katie said.
“Well as you know I am a very spontaneous person and at times my brilliance over runs my loose lips and wham blam I stick my big foot in my mouth. We were acting silly and started talking about good looking actors and I popped off and said he could put his shoes under my bed anytime. Everybody looked at me with a look of horror, shock and surprise. A little later we were talking about the gowns the actresses were wearing and before I knew it I made a silly remark about one gown looking like it came from a rag bag. Everybody burst out laughing at my unrestrained remark. I wanted to cry.” I said with tears in my eyes.
“Pat you are not the only person in the world who has done things that cause you grief. When I do something dumb I call them my oops moments. We all have them. You suffer from hoof in mouth disease that’s all. I have two left feet and two hand that are all thumbs. I was in a crowded restaurant walking to my table and tripped over my own two feet. In the process I stumbled into a strangers chair practically knocking her out of her seat. Adding insult to injury I try to help her up and poked her in the eye. Talk about frustrating. All I could do was apologize profusely while turning six shades of red at my own clumsiness.” Katie said laughing.
“After listening to the two of you I don’t feel so bad about my oops moments. I suffer from hole in chin disorder. You know that malady, I know you do. It’s when you put a glass to your mouth and all of a sudden whatever is in the glass runs down your chin like the open flood gates on a dam. Then I sit there with a big wet spot on my blouse and people around me look over every once in a while and snicker. Where’s a hole I can crawl into when I need one.” Angie said grimacing.
“Pat, Angie one thing I have found that helps in those oops situation is the ability to laugh at self. I have learned not to be so hard on myself when I mess up. I’m not perfect yet. I’m in the world but I’m not part of the world. Jesus said the world would treat us as they treated him or have you forgotten. I think you both need to read John 15:18-21.” Katie said.
“Katie you were always the most grounded of the three of us and I am thankful for that. Angie and I always fell off the wagon and you always calmed us down and helped get our heads back on straight.” I said as I hugged Katie.
“Girls the Lord did not promise life without trouble, trials and tribulations. I love John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We can always find answers to all our dilemmas if we go to God’s Holy Word. We are truly blessed and God’s grace is sufficient for all oops moments as well as everything else that happens in this world.” Katie said.
“Katie, Angie I’m so glad we’re friends and can share our hearts. God has blessed us greatly. Not many people have a friendship like ours.” I quietly said while embracing my friends.
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