A funny thing happened on my drive to work this morning. I was the second car in line behind a school bus making several pick up stops. At first, I was disappointed that I it would cause a delay. But since I don’t get easily frustrated by traffic angst, I looked around while I was waiting. I was glad I did because what I saw turned out to be the highlight of my day.
Across the road from where the bus was stopped there was a teenage boy running towards it. He was carrying an armload of items, his shoes being among them. He lost his grip and dropped something, picked it up, then lost something else and picked that up.
In his frenzy I noticed he was wearing one sock on one foot and was completely barefoot on the other. It made me smile and laugh out loud! I was so tickled by the sight that I offered up a prayer for the Lord to bless that young man.
As he was scrambling to get to the school bus before it left him behind, I was curious which house he had come from and what his life might be like. I wondered if he had slept in this particular morning and been awakened by a frantic parent hollering, “You’re gonna miss the bus!” Or perhaps this was his usual routine that entertained the driver and anyone else watching. Maybe the kids on the bus made a regular game of it, trying to guess whether he would be wearing shoes, or which foot would be socked, or how many times he’d drop something.
Regardless, I wondered if perhaps God watches us like that, as we hurry and scurry about our lives. I am confident that God has a sense of humor, and I can picture him up there elbowing his son, Jesus, and saying, “Isn’t that adorable? That young man is going places – with or without shoes!”