“I do 5 sit-ups every morning. May not sound like much, but there’s only so many times you can hit the snooze button”- Unknown
“If swimming is such a good way to stay in shape; Explain whales…” Unknown
“I was just wondering how skinny I’d be if I had to pedal to keep the computer on?” – Unknown
My morning workout at the Rec Center could have taken place in a skit from Saturday Night Live. I’ve never experienced anything like it.
I am low-key and ultra focused so I mind my own business, wave to a few familiar faces, and keep my nose to the ground and get it done quickly so I can get out of there usually as the sun comes up! Hence, it is not a social club for me. This morning’s routine took a detour. The moderate pace on my treadmill with Matt Redman singing “Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord” in my ear seemed ordinary and then this happened.
Out of the blue I found myself sandwiched in between two funny guys. The guy on my left asked me if I knew how to program this thing (i.e. treadmill) and I told him I don't use the programs hoping he would leave me alone. A minute later, he began to demonstrate how to walk on the treadmill. I just smiled thinking to myself “Pay attention, dude, it’s what I am doing.” Then he reached over to my machine monkeying around with my buttons to illustrate their purpose! That’s when he lost his balance and fell off his machine backwards. I really tried not to laugh at him. He grabbed the side rails, trying to climb back on the fast-paced belt, his feet going everywhere.
Hmm, I regained my composure and kicked up my speed. Then the guy on my right began singing loudly to the song in his earphones. Hilarious!
I don’t know who these guys were or why they were messing with me. They could have been actors in the recent comedy skit I watched on T.V. called “The Ten Things You Should Never Do at the Gym.” Here’s two:
You never cross over to the next person’s workout area and touch their equipment
You never sing out loud to the song in your ear buds.
They invaded my space! They crossed the boundaries of gym etiquette. Could it be a prank? Hard to tell at this upscale facility with all the TV’s lining the wall and high tech equipment. A camera could be on you and you would never know it. Paranoia set in and I glanced around at the staff, working diligently as usual! It surprised me; it was out of the ordinary!
Have you ever had a surprising out-of-the-ordinary experience in an ordinary routine?
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness
so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
1 Thessalonians 5:4
We all have said it at my house at one time or another: “Today would be a great day for you to come for me, Jesus!” We usually say it on the bad days when life is hard, or when we’re crying or when we have to go to the dentist!
It is settling to know that we believers, when it does happen… when Jesus comes for us-- will not be surprised or wonder what in the world is going on.
I fantasize about Him suddenly standing in front of me and beckoning me to come. I’m excited to see Him! I never wonder what is happening! I answer with “There you are, right on time.” I follow His lead and He takes me to be with Him and we live happily forever. Selah
We don’t know when it will happen, but scripture assures us that it’s going to feel so right when it does! We are expectant, not paranoid! No pranks or hidden cameras!
In the meantime, what do we do? We live each day for Him, serving Him and keeping a watchful eye for the only one who can sweep us off our feet.
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