Earlier this week my phone rang mid-day. It was a call from my Dad. Now, it’s important to understand that my Dad isn’t really much of a phone-talker. He will chat for a minute or two if I’m calling, but calls from Dad have generally been reserved for bad news. Mom calls to chat and catch-up and Dad calls to let you know that the cat has died. It’s just how it has worked for us.
So the phone ringing mid-day with Dad’s picture coming up on the screen brought a whirlwind of thoughts about what tragedy had befallen the family. I answer the phone with dreaded anticipation.
dad: Have you talked to your sister today?
me: (heart racing) No…which sister? What’s going on??
dad: Your older sister
[At this point I am about to throw up in my mouth. I think to myself: What has happened? Stop delaying this! PLEASE TELL ME NOW!! I CAN TAKE IT! I CAN HANDLE IT! JUST TELL ME!!]
dad: (with a slight chuckle) So, today your niece went to Vacation Bible School, and they were talking about that Jesus lives in your heart.
(at this point my blood pressure is heading back into the safe zone since it seems that everyone has survived whatever it is he needs to tell me)
dad: So when she got home, her Mom asked her what she learned today at VBS
(dad begins laughing and it is actually a bit hard to understand what he is saying)
dad: Well, she told you sister that she learned that “Jesus lives in OHIO!”
(dad is still laughing and has to pause to regain his composure)
dad: I guess she misunderstood them when they told her Jesus lives in your heart and she thought they said he lives in Ohio!
(dad is officially cracking up at this point…and so am I)
I can only image my sweet niece sitting there wondering why does Jesus live in Ohio? Oh, well…if that’s where he wants to live, then more power to him!
The pure laughter and joy that was brought about by that phone conversation may not translate well in this post, but that’s OK. This was just one of those times in life where the innocence of children, the joy of laughing, and the importance of family was so pure and awesome, that I wanted to share it.
So remember as you go about on you Sunday, that wherever you are….Jesus lives in Ohio.