At the beginning of the school year, I was concerned that by adding Jensen to the mix, I could single-handedly be setting our church Awana program on its ear. We’re in the home stretch as the end of the year is looming, and it looked as though we were in the clear.
And then came Wednesday night.
The children were all sitting crisscross applesauce on their yellow line, paying close attention to the story that our childrens pastor was relaying. He’s an excellent story teller, so the kids sat relatively still, with listening ears perked.
Our pastor was referencing Luke 22:39, wherein “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives…” The verse goes on to talk about Jesus withdrawing so that he could pray.
Pastor was asking the children what are some of the things that they do, as usual. Many small hands shot up into the air. One child said that they go to school, as usual. Another little boy said that he exercises, as usual, and went on to tell of the laundry list of sports that he loved to participate in. One child said that they play video games, as usual.
And then Pastor called on Jensen.
You know how just a few moments can go by in really slow motion? And you have lots of time to think and/or pray in those moments. Well, here’s what went through my head, and often does whenever Jensen is called on at church, because really, I never know what is going to come out of the child’s mouth.
“Dear God, please don’t let him say anything to get us kicked out of this church. I really like this church. We’ll likely never find another one like it…”
And then Jensen opened his mouth. “I WIPE MY BOTTOM.”
A small amount of pandemonium followed, as other Awana leaders strained, “What did he say?”
My silent prayer turned a corner as I began praying fervently for the floor to open up and swallow me whole.
And here’s the kicker.
There are a million and one things that Jensen does daily, as usual. BUT WIPING HIS BOTTOM IS NOT AMONG THEM.
The end. As usual.