Monday, February 01, 2010

Called Out

So until just recently, my dad has been a minister of music (and sometimes youth). Sometimes he was full-time (most of my childhood, but not since my senior year in high school), sometimes bi-vocational, but always on a church staff. Still, he's not so much the type to talk about his kids from the pulpit, using something we said or did as an object lesson for the congregation.

So it was a new experience for me yesterday morning when our Senior Pastor called me out from the pulpit! I didn't even realize what was going on at first (even though I really was actually paying attention right then)! I was sitting there, thinking how funny it was that he was talking about what my email signature has said for just about forever (or, you know, 5-6 years): "The grass is always greenest right next to the puddle of raw sewage."

I made that up one day while driving through a poor part of Baghdad on a cold, dreary, November day. The houses were all adobe-colored, the sky was gray...and the only color I saw anywhere was this tall tuft of bright green grass growing next to a drainage ditch. In that part of town, there is no underground sewage system, so every house just has a ditch running from their "bathroom" to the ditches along the roads. And that was the only spot where grass took root and was growing.

Anyway, that gave me a good chuckle, so I put it after my name on all of my emails and it's been there ever since. I don't know that I've emailed the pastor in months, but that's obviously left an impression on him...so yesterday when he was preaching about finding joy, he mentioned that "the grass your neighbor is standing on is like that because..." then he trailed off and started staring right at me.

After a moment of discomfort (as I wondered, "Is he really talking about me? Is he really staring at me? Is he looking at something/someone else? What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? (ok, not really on that last one)), he then said that there was someone in the church who ends her every communication with that, then said, "Melissa, you want to fill them in?" At which point, VNB roared with laughter, as did the few others who have received emails from me and knew exactly what he was talking about.

So I yelled out, "it's right next to a puddle of raw sewage!" He repeated me for amplification purposes, the congregation tittered, and then he moved on with his sermon.

It was definitely a new experience for me!

9 comments:

One More Equals Four said...

Too funny! Pretty inspired thought, really!

Have a great weekend!

the.bain.family. said...

haha, aren't you glad you were paying attention?

Heather said...

hehe, great story.

UKZoe said...

If that had been me it would be the one moment in the sermon where I was not concentrating!

Lea said...

I love it! My first visit to your blog and so enjoyed it. My Dad was a Minister too, and I always felt honored to be his daughter. Wouldn't trade it for anything. Blessings to you!

dawn said...

That is too funny! At least you were called out for something funny and not too embarrassing!!

Great saying too...

carikaufm said...

I love that...may have to steal it!

Anna said...

How funny! Good thing you were paying attention.

joyceandnorm said...

So funny...glad you were sleeping or clipping your nail (yes, I've seen...or actually heard this happening) during the message. =p I'm sure you'll remember that one for a long time to come. Have a great weekend.