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Topic: Heroes (03/08/04)

TITLE: Oh my man of God
By Dori Knight
03/12/04

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Oh my man of God

Why aliens would choose my driveway to land in out of the millions of driveways in the universe was beyond me, but it was obvious that they had, based on the piercing beep, beep, beeping of the mother ship outside of our bedroom window.

Or so I was thinking as I threw back the covers and prepared to jump out of my warm bed to save the children from having their brains sucked out. And I would have made it had a hand not shot out of the dark and grabbed me by the wrist, making me stop long enough to swallow my heart.

A gravelly voice that sounded suspiciously like my sleeping husband spoke into the darkness: “The weather conditions are right for a temperature inversion, causing the sound waves from the neighbor’s back up signal to bounce back into the atmosphere. It sounds like he’s in the driveway, but he’s really at least a half mile away.”

In some such situations, the husband would jump out of the bed, grab a nearby firearm, trip over the dog and stumble out the door in his long johns to kill him some aliens, and protect his woman.

My husband, on the other hand, explains away the aliens by spouting sound wave theorem from the comfort of his bed, without the benefit of a single drop of coffee. I could have eaten an entire field of raw coffee beans and still, my first thought still would have been the alien scenario.

My husband, you see, is a genius.

He is smart, he’s a great chef, a good provider, and he takes the children out to breakfast every Saturday morning so I can sleep late. What more could a woman want?

Of course, for all his intelligence, he is not perfect and has been known to blunder. There was that time when I was nine months pregnant and he managed to stick not one, but both of his feet into his mouth.

To be fair, there isn’t much that you can say to a five foot four inch woman carrying ten pounds of baby around that isn’t immediately going to tick her off. “You look beautiful today,” is liable to be met by “Today? Just today? What about yesterday? Oh, and I suppose nine months ago I was a real hag. Could you explain to me, then, just exactly how I got into this position if I am so incredibly hideous?”

My Sweet Baboo didn’t make the mistake of telling me how beautiful I was. Oh no, no. He made the mistake, while flipping through channels, of stopping for a Sumo wrestling match and joking “Oh look, honey . . . you’re on television.”

That was not one of our better days.

Still and all, I respect the man. Not because he is a certifiable genius. Not in spite of the fact that he can fit both of his feet in his mouth. I respect him because, for all of his perfections and imperfections, my husband is a man of God, and the Christ in him shines brilliantly through his life.

He is a man of honor, integrity, peace and faith. He is a man that I can look up to and learn from. He is a man that I respect enough to stand up for, and trust enough to follow. He is, in short, my hero.

Yes, there is a lot to be said for a man whose smile can make your knees weak; a lot to be said for a man who is willing to battle aliens for you in the middle of the night, or even one who can spout sound wave theorem in his sleep. There’s a lot to be said for a man who makes you sputter aloud, “Oh my goodness!”

But there is so more to be said for the man who, without saying a word, makes your soul quietly whisper “Oh my man of God.”


copyright 2004 doriknight


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KAREN FASIG03/15/04
You are very blessed to have a husband who is deeply in love with the God he serves. Even if he does compare you to a Sumo wrestler.

This is a wonder ful article that brought smiles, tears and joy.

Thanks
Sarah Balk Bond03/15/04
I really enjoyed your article, you wove so much humor and reality and meaning into it. Your are lucky to have such a great hero!
Leticia Caroccio03/16/04
Your article made me smile. It was interesting and comical from beginning to end. Great flow. Truly you are blessed with such a wonderful man of God. Did you share this article with him?
Dori Knight03/16/04
yes, i am blessed!

thank you all for your kind and generous comments :)

he was a little nervous when i told him i was using him for an article, not that i blame him.

if a friend said to me "hey, i'm going to use that ridiculous thing you did in a piece i'm writing," i'm not sure we would be friends much longer ;)

but all he said when i told him what i was up to was "oh dear." yet another testimony for a wonderful, supportive husband.

yes. i am blessed.

thank you Lord!
Angela Williams03/17/04
Nice!
Kenny Paul Clarkson03/18/04
But does he mow the grass?

Excellent article. I'm sure your husband would respond in kind.

KPC - 1492@usa.com
Gloria Haynes03/18/04
Oh, Dori, this says it all, doesn't it? I've heard it said that the most important decision you make in life is who you marry. And your testimony proves that wise choices are driven by God. Thanks.
Dave Wagner03/18/04
Oh, this is terrific. This one is frontrunner for my vote so far. What a joy.

>> “Oh look, honey . . . you’re on television.”<<

With my sincerest apologies, I laughed so hard when I read this. Forgive me. I was stunned that he would say such a thing, and expect to keep his brilliant head on his shoulders!

This piece is so creative and rich, I loved every word.

Your husband is your hero...whoda thunkit!? The real question is...what would Donna Haug think? lol
Linda Germain 03/19/04
How refreshng to hear a husband lauded instead of condemned. He sounds wonderful. (Too bad there is not a "Husband Catalogue" from which a Godly man can be ordered!) This is a terrific piece.Good job!
Mary Elder-Criss03/19/04
This might not seem fair to other writers, but after reading this, I could not imagine voting for another piece. You had me laughing out loud, and smiling deep inside. Truly marvelous piece, full of gentle wit. Thank you so much.

~Mary
Donna J. Shepherd08/12/04
Precious. Just precious. Thanks for sharing, Dori. - Donna