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.
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.