March 21, 2007

There I was, sitting on my rump in the cab of my truck while waiting my turn to pour a load of concrete at the local municipal golf course when this old duffer came along and stopped to chat.

“So what is that?” he asked, pointing at my truck. I’m sure he meant what manufacturer had made it, since there are not that many front-discharge concrete trucks tearing up the roads here in west Texas and, as such, the company’s logo is not common.

But, me being the smart-aleck I am, (“No, not you! A smart-aleck?” Hush, Heckler. I’m on a roll!) had a multitude of snappy answers flood through my mind. Since I had already set my truck up for the pour, I had the chutes attached to the front of it. I grabbed the control lever that allows me to move the chute assembly and began to swing them back and forth in the manner of a golfer preparing to drive the ball. “It’s the newest thing in golfing—cart and club all in one,” I said. “We’re calling it the “Clart.’”

He didn’t miss a beat—although, one corner of his mouth twitched slightly. Pointing at the back of my truck where the drum with the concrete was, he said, “What’s in there, then?”

Always glad to have an audience to play along with, I had a quick answer to that, too. “Tumbler of Mississippi Mudslide. Want a glass?” That finally provoked a full-blown smile.

We blabbed for a little beyond that (and I did finally tell him the name of the company that made the truck) before he had to play on with his group.

His parting words to me were that he’d been feeling poorly before and had almost not gone golfing with his buddies. “Thanks for the laugh. You’ve made me feel better as well as made my day.”

Whoah. Now, I do enjoy an appreciative audience, but this! Accolades such as these I’d never dreamt of! But why not?

Proverbs 17:22a A merry heart doeth good like a medicine

And earlier in Proverbs:

Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

I’d never thought of my need to make people laugh as being a healing tool, but there it is—straight from the Word of God.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give..

So I heal the sick—one smile at a time. Your turn.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Shalom u’vrachah – Peace and the Blessing

Tim

Other verses to meditate on

(Not in any particular order)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Luke 10:3-9 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

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