So Natalie and I have spent much of our married life so far watching the most obscure, freakish TV programmes ever.
I cautiously admit that included in the fairly long list of programmes are ‘Embarrassing bodies’ & ‘Don’t tell the bride.’
And if one was to have a lumpy, pus-filled bottom, why go on TV with it? Fool.
Though clearly, one could appear on embarrassing bodies with a lumpy face if he wasn’t careful with the wedding planning….
Surely, common sense goes against both of these foolish ideas? Agreed?
However, despite half of me being outraged and disgusted by such ideas, there is something gripping about watching them. Observing surgeons removing 20g of drooping fat from someones little toe is rather intriguing I must admit.
And, of course, having just got married, watching a guy completely mess up the wedding plans is quite reassuring and relieving, if not feeling a bit sorry for them.
These programmes do have something in common. Both of them show people who are dependent on getting help. Those on embarrassing bodies are often asking for surgical help, to resolve an uncomfortable or embarrassing bodily dysfunction. Whereas the guy on ‘Don’t tell the bride’ is always so clearly in need of his wife to be. Without her, the best ideas in the world, don’t seem to work very well.
We may not have pussy bottoms and we may not be messing up our weddings, but we all face the need to receive help. Life does have it’s challenges and things are not always as simple as they seem.
Founder of the Alpha Course, Nicky Gumbel, says, ‘Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing.’
God isn’t looking for those who have it sorted, he’s looking for those who recognise the mess. He’s not looking for people with brave faces, he’s looking for those who admit that they are dependent on the need for someone greater in their life.
When others let you down, God is reliable. When life seems meaningless, God has purpose, and when materialism isn’t enough, God is.
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