8 Things God Knows

Be careful who you friend on Facebook.

Dana Tuttle dragged me into some Facebook frivolity. All I did was comment on her list of six things people might not know about her and – BAM! – I was tagged with the task of coming up with things about myself. Some friend!

Then I started thinking I should give it a shot. No one but me knows all these:

1. I was a disc jockey. My first stint was a top 40 slot at a small community station when I was a teen. Later I spun records (although by then they were tapes) for a small Christian radio station during law school. I can still do the radio voice when I have to.

2. I watch The Disney Channel. Phineas and Ferb are hilarious, and Wizards of Waverly Place was practically must watch TV for me. No I don’t watch them with my kids. They’re in their 20s.

3. An Italian passenger ship once gave me a first class room for third class passage. When I was studying in England I took some time to travel and found myself on an overnight ferry from Greece to Italy. I’d booked third class but asked if they had a second class room available. The officer called over a steward and said something in Italian, and the steward told me to follow him. We went upstairs to the top deck and he ushered me into a stateroom with plush carpeting and a full bath. I asked what class we were in, and he said “This is First Class.” Being nobody’s fool, I dropped my bags on the bed. When I went to pay for the upgrade the next day, they waved me off.

4. I got one single job offer when I graduated law school. At the time, my friends were getting multiple offers of jobs to choose from. I interviewed with the same number of law firms, but no one wanted to hire me except this one firm. I took the job. It was a great fit.

5. I can eat pizza every day of the week. Seriously, if I’ve had pizza for lunch and my wife asks about pizza for dinner, I don’t even hesitate. The answer is yes!

6. My resume includes being a night club singer. I was with my aunts, uncles and cousins back in 1983 ringing in the New Year at a small club. The band was three old men in gray suits. They were good, very good. I told my cousin she should see if they’d let her sing. She said I should. So I did. Stormy Weather in the key of A. I was a hit with the audience. I was also related to half the audience.

7. Band Geek is also on my resume. By the time I was a senior in high school I was playing in the marching band, concert band and jazz band, plus I was the drum major and student conductor. Big time band geek.

8. I left part of my ankle in a canyon in Utah. We were rafting the San Juan River for a few days and came to a switchback in the river. The river bend went around a spit of land 300 feet up one side and down the other. The guide asked if anyone wanted to meet him on the other side. I jumped out and started climbing fast, because he said he wasn’t going to wait for me. Half way up my ankle dragged along a sharp rock. When I got back in the boat, I saw that I’d left a goodish portion of my ankle skin behind. Totally worth it.

God Knows

I said up there that I’m the only one who knows all nine of these things. That’s not quite correct. God knows. He knows all this about me and more.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. (Psalm 139:1-4.)

I was able to come up with nine things I know about myself, but isn’t it amazing that God knows these eight events even better than I do myself?

As David went on to say:

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. (Psalm 139:6.)

God knows me and loves me, and that is wonderful.

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17 Responses to 8 Things God Knows

  1. What is even more amazing is that even though we stink worse than a Skunk there is nothing special about us, we constantly want to take the glory that belongs only to him, and we are way too often the girl who keeps chasing the bad guys only to be trashed, come running back for a short time, then go back to those guys who are going to hurt us. He never ever deals with us according to our sin and always treats us as his beautiful, wonderful, treasured and beloved bride, even though we spend the majority of our time being unfaithful.

  2. Aimee Byrd says:

    Tim, you mastered the Facebook challenge. This was great. I think #9 was my favorite. What a great opening line that would be for a book.
    And Phineas and Ferb is an awesome show.
    I’m always comforted by the thought (and fact) that God knows so much more about me than even I do. It is assuring to know that he loves me that deeply to know me, that he has throughly cleansed me, and that he is using it all for his glory.

  3. Adriana says:

    I still can’t believe you’re on Facebook and now here you are doing a challenge! You are full of surprises, Tim! This is good!

    Sadly, I’ve never watched an episode of P&F. But a week or so ago I was driving with all my kids in the van and I noticed some of summer’s last roses along the side of the road. I started singing, “The Last Rose of Summer” in fake Irish accent. My 6yr old said “MOM! Have you been watching Phineas & Ferb?! They have that song on there!!!” (For a moment I felt kinda cool.)

    My grandpa’s name was General Sherman. Literally — his first name was “General.” I’m not sure if our ancestors would have gotten along very well . . .

    Your verse today is making me think of one of my favorite songs/prayers:

  4. Jeannie says:

    Thanks for sharing these, Tim. The cruise-ship upgrade has spiritual parallels that you could definitely do something with in a future post, ahem ahem. 🙂 And I’m with you on the pizza, a.k.a. “the Wheel of Temptation”: bring it on!

  5. Dana Tuttle says:

    HA! I love it! One thing I love a out Facebook is how much I enjoying learning about people! Some I am close to, some I am reconnected with through my work as a hairdresser or previous churches or high school. My 25th reunion threw me into a world of people I hardly knew but adore now as a result of this strange social phenomenon. I have even found some of troys cousins. But what I really enjoy the most is getting to know people I have never met, like you, Tim! People whom I have encountered at a party or encountered via say a blog site. I find it really neat and enjoyable. I’m so glad you participated and enjoyed your list! There are a lot of Lee’s (middle) name in my dads family. He is frank lee Wollard the 3rd! And his bride is Margaret Lee! And my little tiny momma was drum major in her high school band in the early 60’s! I love her picture with her hat as big as her and leaning back on a huge drum! Thanks Tim for the great post and taking my game just a bit further, as I knew you would!!!:)

    • Tim says:

      Completely my pleasure, Dana! Thanks for giving me a chance to expand and then think on what it means in my walk with God.

      But you say you had a 25th reunion? From what, kindergarten? Yer still jes’ a kid, for crying out loud!

  6. I loved learning all these great things about you!!! Very unique!! You are such a fun person with such personality. Some of these things I never would have imagined you’d be involved in (like the DJ thing). That’s crazy about your ankle.

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