The Queen of Awkward Moments

February 26, 2017

Flexibility is important in my line of work.

 

When I walk into a church, I never know what to expect. I think the same is true for the church. Most of the time, they do not know me. We both have to trust that God has brought us together and that He is going to work in a powerful way.

 

I’ve had the best experiences in churches. I love the women that I get to serve. In

the many years of serving the Lord through True Vine ministry, I have only had a couple

of bad experiences. I am so thankful for that.

 

I have also had my share of funny stories and experiences. I have the type of

personality that attacks awkward moments. It does not help that once I am in an

awkward moment that I make it worse by over analyzing, over explaining, and over

apologizing. I share stories like these with so much love and joy in my heart. We are all

family and in this journey together!

 

A few years ago, I was invited to speak at an event and the theme was “Whispers

of God’s love in the Garden of Life.” As beautiful as they sound, themes like this make a

speaker tired. Immediately I wonder, “How can I make that theme relevant and biblical

to a woman’s life?” There are so many different angles to approach it from, and

narrowing a focus down is difficult. But they had provided a key verse, which was Psalm

46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” From there, I could plan out my messages.

 

I arrived at the event and parked my car. I walked into the church and found the

women’s ministry leader. I set up my book table. The ladies arrived and the event began.

I was schedule to speak for thirty minutes on Friday night and two hours on Saturday

morning. The Friday night session served as an introduction for the weekend. I shared

some key thoughts from Psalm 46:10. As I concluded my final thoughts, I felt good

about how I weaved the theme of the event into the Scripture and made application to

the ladies lives. I sat down and breathed a sigh of relief.

 

The women’s ministry leader came to the stage and said that she had been

thinking about our theme and how different tools that are used in the garden can

represent our tendencies in life. She said that she wanted to play a game that would help

us get to know each other. She shared that she was going to call out a tool that is used in

the garden and that if we felt like that tool represented us, we should stand up.

 

The first tool that she said was a watering can. She said, “If you are a watering

can, please stand up.“ There was no response. She moved on, “If you are a shovel, please

stand up.” Again, nothing. In that moment, I decided that whatever she said next, I was

standing up. I love women’s ministry leaders and I am not letting one go down on my

watch!

 

With great emphasis, the women’s ministry leader said, “If you are a hoe, please

stand up.” I popped up and looked around. To my surprise, I was the only one standing

up. With great gusto, I looked around at the room and said, “I’ll be the hoe!” And it was

at that moment that I realized what had just happened. Immediately the awkward

explaining and apologizing began. “Oh, I don’t mean it like that. I am not that kind of

girl. I mean, I’m a hoe like I will dig out the truths of Scripture.” The women’s ministry

leader enthusiastically joined in and said to the group, “If you want to be a hoe like

Andrea, please stand up!” It was at that moment that she also realized what had

happened. I sat down in a hurry and thought, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”

 

I share this story because moments like these make life real, rich, and fun. There

was a time when I would have kept a story like this to myself. I would have worried that

it might offend someone or project the wrong image. To be honest, I still worry about

things like that from time to time, but I am making progress.

 

I am at a place in my life and in my walk with God where I long to simply be real.

I don’t want to act like I have things figured out or that I am super-spiritual and can’t

relate to moments that are silly or awkward. I love life and I love the life God allows me

to live. My family, friends, and ministry mean the world to me. I adore spontaneous

moments that make me laugh until I cry. I laugh at myself all the time. I can get wound

up faster than anyone I know.

 

Freedom comes when we settle into life and simply live it for the glory of God.

This means, worrying less about what others think and focusing more on the life God

allows us to live. So, my friend, it is your turn. Please share your awkward moment with

me!

 

Much Love!

 

Andrea

 

 

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