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Topic: WEATHER (07/19/18)
- TITLE: The Day Bobby Joe Bivens Got it Right
By Donna Powers
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But, until the day of the Sunday School picnic, Bobby Joe had never once predicted the weather right.
Now, I'm sure you're wonderin' how on earth a guy with such a poor prediction rate could keep his job.
Well, let’s just say his Daddy-in-law, who owns the local TV station, doesn't want his baby girl to have an unemployed husband. And since the rest of the nightly local news was good, we all kept watchin' Bobby Joe.
Of course, after the first few weeks, he was on the job, we all learned not to put any stock in his predictions. After a while, we all just learned to expect the opposite of whatever Bobby Joe predicted. If that old boy said it’d rain, we knew it was safe to leave the umbrellas at home. If he said it’d be warm and sunny, we all packed sweaters and raincoats.
So, the night before the Sunday School picnic, all the church members groaned when Bobby Joe promised it'd be a beautiful sunny day for the picnic. The reorganization of the festivities began right away. Preacher Johnson knew he’d never fit the usual number of picnic tables inside the church basement, and nobody wanted to postpone such a long-anticipated event, so he bit the bullet and rented the Elks Club Hall.
Well, the Elks Club Hall is a nice enough place and it was big enough to hold everyone and everything that'd been planned for the picnic. But the Elks Club was also chock full of Elks. Now, I ain’t saying them Elks boys are rowdy, but between their cussin' and their drinkin', they certainly put a damper on our picnic.
Well, we wasn't gonna to let a bunch of rowdy Elks disrupt our fun, so we soldiered on. We ate all the food, played all the games and had ourselfs a right good time. And then - as always- we ended the picnic with a good old-fashioned hymn sing.
The Elks didn’t appreciate that very much. They told us we was drownin' out the baseball game they was watchin'. We invited them to join the hymn sing, but youd’a thought we was askin' them to have root canals without novocaine. Quite a few of them ventured some very colorful words about the hymns - and about them what sing them.
Things got pretty heated between some of the Elks and some of our less even-tempered members, and Preacher Johnson tried to referee. He didn’t get very far, and a few of our guys was so offended they decided to take their disagreements outside.
So, they did.
But a few minutes later, everyone ran back into the building.
“You’ll never believe it!” one of the Elks proclaimed.
“What?” we asked.
“It’s actually sunny outside. Just like Bobby Joe said it would be,” he told us.
Tim Perkins, one of our members, chimed right in with: “yeah, and there ain’t a cloud in the sky, neither.”
“You don’t say,” responded more than a few of us.
But they did say; and soon we all went outside to see for ourselfs. And on a beautiful day like that, none of us wanted to go back inside the Elks Club. So we started an impromptu softball game.
By the end of the day of that picnic, every church member and every Elk could heartily agree that on that day, Bobby Joe Bivens had finally got the weather right.
And, because the Good Lord can use any situation for His Glory, some of them Elks boys actually accepted Preacher Johnson’s invitation to next Sunday’s service.
So... do I think old Bobby Joe will begin to get his weather predictions right?
I think that old boy just got lucky. And since he predicted a sunny day today, I’ve got my umbrella with me.
When they heard this, they had no answer to make, but gave God the glory Acts 11:8
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
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