“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’”
(Psalm 126:2 NIV)
Sunday morning worship concluded a few minutes early. The choir room emptied as I slipped out of my pianist robe and hung it on the hanger.
I exited the church alone, music bag in hand, and leather coat wrapped snugly against the wind. The needle on my car’s gas gauge was approaching empty and I needed to pick up a few items at the local grocer on my way home.
After braving cold wind gusts at the gas pump, I hurried into Ingles and weaved between the vibrant floral display and Starbucks counter to the salad dressing aisle. Reaching for a jar of Duke’s mayonnaise, I glanced up and recognized a choir member, a respected community leader, a short distance away.
“Do you need some bananas?” I called out to my friend, who was pushing a cart piled high with banana boxes.
Startled by my question, she looked down and exclaimed, “This is not my cart!”
She had mistakenly hijacked an abandoned stock buggy. We doubled over with laughter and caused no small commotion among other shoppers’ inquisitive stares.
Upon arrival at choir practice the following Wednesday night, I offered my friend a plastic grocery bag with three bananas and said, “I thought you might want these.”
God doesn’t want us to live on auto-pilot, oblivious to distractions. Instead, He instructs us to focus, pay attention, be deliberate and discerning in all our actions. Thankfully, one of His most precious gifts is to be able to laugh at ourselves when wander away.
I will intentionally seek humor and a reason to laugh at myself today. I hope you will, too!