I don’t want to be in that Bible study group. The leader seems rather stand-offish.
Yes, I have a very bad (but human) habit of forming conclusions and passing judgment on individuals I don’t know based simply on impressions.
Well, God has a way of taking care of that.
On the first night of Bible study where do I find myself? Yup! You guessed it. In said leader’s group and sitting right next to charismatic worship team member. (I didn’t even know she went to evening Bible study!)
God has a sense of humor. I don’t know why this should surprise me. We have one (or most of us do), and we are made in God’s image.
But whereas our sense of humor is usually 1) to draw attention to ourselves in a positive way (see how clever we are?) or 2) to subtly couch our criticisms, God’s uses humor to further our spiritual growth.
The irony of where I was sitting was not lost on me, and you know what? That leader was fantastic: kind, compassionate, knowledgeable. And that over-the-top worshiper? Her passion and love for Christ gave me pause to reconsider my own relationship with Jesus. For though it is not necessary to express ourselves in the same way, we are called to examine ourselves (I John 1:8; 2 Cor. 13:5).
Tough there are many ways God could have chosen to correct my wayward attitude, I am grateful He chose the route of humbling humor.