I walked into the orthodontist office with my youngest son and immediately caught the eye of a woman that attends the church I used to go to. Actually our boys are the same age and attend the same school also. I desperately looked around for an empty seat as far from her as possible, but the only one available was …yes, that’s right…right next to her. Was this a “god thing?” J I took my seat and smiled. I comforted myself with the idea that certainly she wouldn’t put me on the spot about church right there in front of my son and all those strangers…HA!
I had barely gotten comfortable before she turned to me and asked, “Have you been at church lately?” She is very aware that I haven’t been.
I thought, “oh geez,” and then said, “No, not really,” (not really? Pssh, what does that mean?)
“How long has it been?” She inquired, looking concerned.
“Oh, it’s been a while—several months I guess.” I answered as I opened the book I had brought to read.
“Really, why?” She persisted.
I paused and thought about it for a minute, “Because I don’t want to.” I said smiling politely.
She looked stunned, but didn’t miss a beat, “Why not? Do you have a problem with Unnamed Church or is it something else?”
Okay, now what do I do? Suddenly, as if a miracle from heaven, it appeared—a small hair hanging from her nose. I looked at her and at it and I said in a loud whisper, “you have something hanging from your nose.”
“I do? “ She said mortified as she reached up to find out what it was.
“Oh, it’s just a hair, here let me get it for you,” I said as I brushed it away and then immediately started talking about our boys and school, etc. Soon after that I made my escape. She had gotten so distracted she had forgotten what she had been talking about. It was great!
So, for those of you who get cornered by a Christian who is asking inappropriate questions in an inappropriate place—it’s easily remedied by simply telling them they have something hanging from their nose. I don’t think it will work in the long term, but hey, it will get you out those sticky situations. Give it a go, you’ll see.