So today I gave Steve, my check out cashier at Walmart, my silly band.
He commented on my purchase which included about 7 bags of silly bandz (yes with a "z"), saying how they really had become the trend. I told him I was beginning to realize the same thing, because it seemed as though ever since I put one on I continued getting comment after comment.
As I ran my debit card for the grand total of $15.07, I looked up at this interesting looking guy- as light as the winter snow, with bright hair and dark eyes, a red sweat band on his wrist. We made small talk about the storm coming through, and I told him the goodies I was buying were for the kids that I teach on Tuesday nights.
I was compelled..
“Well Steve, the real question is .. will you have my silly band?”
He smiled and said “No!”
Haha, that wasn’t the answer I was expecting.
“C'mon, you wouldn’t wear this thing?? You’re missing out man.”
“Ok, yes I’ll wear it.”
“Are you going to take it off as soon as I walk out?”
“Haha, no I want it.”
“I’m going to sneak around this store later on in the week to confirm this, you know that right ..”
“Good, do it. I work all week, and you’ll see me wearing it!
My silly band was a house. How? You may ask.
These glorified little rubber bandz are just stretchy plain bracelets when they adorn your arm, but off your wrist they’re free to unravel into their originiality. Whether it’s a shoe, a piece of fruit, an airplane ..
When Steve and I began conversing about how popular they had become, I took mine off and laid it on the cash counter; I wanted to show it’s true shape. It unwiggled itself..
And I parted with my little blue house.
However, the only thing that came to my heart as I handed it over to Steve were some of the lasting words of the Lord. Before He parted with His disciples He made sure to tell them what was to come. I knew I wanted to leave him with more than a silly rubber band; What I wanted to say was something more like ...
“Listen. This might be a meaningless piece of material that will sit around your wrist until the day something better and cooler comes along, or some strange girl offers you something different someday. But until then; I want to give you this house because it could just be the most important thing in your life. You see, when Jesus came to be with us on earth, He told us that In His Father’s house there are many rooms. And He was going to prepare us a place in that house. It’s the certainty of knowing that the Creator of the world knows us by name, and longs to dwell with us for eternity. So even now, this may not seem an imperative thought to mind, but I encourage you to ponder it each time you look down at your wrist to wring someone up. The bible says states:
“No eye has seen and no ear has heard what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1Cor 2:9)
Something tells me that this house Jesus spoke of might be pretty, pretty stellar; and I hope you dig the bracelet."
I have my excuses as to why these words didn't reach my tongue quick enough.
But someday I hope I find myself back in a checkout line at Walmart,
in order that God may be glorified through something as seemingly silly, as silly bandz.