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Topic: Like Living in a Goldfish Bowl (11/07/13)
- TITLE: The Watchers
By Sandra Hartman
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Jamie watched her goldfish swim around his bowl as she finished her breakfast. He darted back and forth and up and down in his transparent glass world.
“What was it like living in a gold fish bowl?” She wondered.
Jamie headed for her car and climbed in. Her car had bumper stickers proclaiming her love for Jesus. She backed out of her drive and made her way onto the busy street.
Once out on the main road she turned on the radio to her favorite Christian station. Everything was going smoothly, in spite of the traffic, until the guy in the other lane decided to go right all of a sudden in front of her. She punched her horn and made a face.
A mile down the road the car in front of her stopped for no obvious reason. Jamie punched the horn with more venom and glared daggers at the other driver as she swept around them.
When she pulled up to the red light to turn right she crept out to see if it was safe to turn. As she waited for two oncoming cars to pass she was assaulted by a Honk, Honk, H-o-n-k!!
“What?” she glared in her rear view mirror Someone behind her shouted something rude. That was the last straw and Jamie rolled down her window and, well shall we say made a very un- Christian--like hand gesture, “There take that!” she shouted feeling quite justified as she roared away.
She walked into the store to shop and was immediately overwhelmed with the amount of people in the store. Just great!! This was going to take some time!!
She shopped around and under and over trying to avoid getting bumped in to. When she got ready to check out everyone else seemed to have the same idea-- of course---but wait---- a lane just opened-- “Alright!!”
A large lady scooted in front of her; but no big deal she didn't seem to have that much in her cart. Jamie began placing items on the belt as it emptied and waited hopefully for the woman to finish her transaction.
“Uh oh!” The woman was rifling through a handful of cards trying to find one that worked.
“Just great Jamie began to fidget and began an inner dialogue.
“ Some people are so rude and thoughtless!”
Five minutes crawled by and it seemed she finally had found the right card when-- no-- she had forgotten something—she turned to the teenage girl next to her and asked her to go get it Jamie's mouth shouted “NO!!!! before she could stop it.
“That is so rude!!” she ranted. “ I've been standing here for”--- checking her watch—“7 minutes now while you go through your stuff. If you want something else get it another time. The girl returned and the lady paid and hustled away.
At lunch a tired waitress took Jamie's order. She told her she wanted a soda but she waited and waited and--- “What was the hold up???”
When the waitress finally arrived with Jamie's order she inquired about her soda.
“ Oh I'm so sorry! I forgot just a minute.”she shuffled away.
“Move it sister.” she said under her breath. “You're not getting a tip from me today.”
Sunday arrived and Jamie pulled into her parking spot at church. As she exited her car; she noticed a lone elderly man gazing at her bumper stickers. Then frowning he turned and got back in his car slamming the door.
“Oh No!” Jamie realized “It's the man who shouted at me!” As he peeled off across the parking lot.
Once she was seated inside; a large woman with a teenage girl bustled in on the end of her pew. She turned to welcome them and then------- “You are that lady from the store!” they both exclaimed at once. “Hmmmp, the lady said, “ I don't need no church today after all. I knew you were all hypocrites anyway.”
She stomped out leaving the ushers with puzzled faces.
It was handshaking time Jamie turned and reached out across two pews to the lady standing there. She looked familiar---- “The waitress!!” Their eyes and the lady quickly withdrew her hand, turned, and scooped up her purse and left.
The singing ended and the sermon began- “Our Christian life is like living in a goldfish bowl. Someone is always watching.”
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