God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Psalm 34:4-7 (MSG)
I like to smile.
Might be because my dimples take over my face and distract folks’ attention away from my bald head. That’s what a fellow told me once, but I don’t believe him.
I like to smile.
My wife and I interviewed a guy about leasing an apartment from us. About halfway through our conversation, he looked at me and said, “Do you always smile?”
“Yea,” I said, “I like to smile.”
“Why?” he wanted to know and before I could answer, he said, “I guess you know something good.”
“That’s it,” I said.
When I was pastoring full-time, I enjoyed walking around the sanctuary and greeting people, especially first or second-timers. Figured they could use a friendly, smiling face welcoming them. Standing up preaching every Sunday to that crowd, I knew some of them were more likely to frown than smile.
One Sunday as I walked around, a little old lady asked me, “Why do you smile all the time? What do you know that we don’t know?”
Yep, right before worship, she confessed to not knowing. Good timing, I thought.
And then she said, “You make people wonder what you’re up to, smiling all the time like that.”
I smiled. Bigger than before. And walked off.
Might have shaken a little dust off my feet.
One reason I like to smile is that, like King David—the adulterer who got so excited he danced half-naked in the street; the one who was a king after God’s own heart—I’ve been in a tight spot or two. Hemmed in with problems all around.
Anxious. Afraid. Desperate.
Had spent my last dollar and didn’t know where the next one was coming from.
Small business. Big problems.
Beat up. Beat down. Beat all around.
No place to go but up so I prayed. Just like David, angels surrounded me for protection.
God met me more than halfway.
Business got bigger. Problems got smaller.
So I decided to look for God everywhere I went. And I found Him!
Saw him in business coaching clients, folks sitting in the audience as I speak; even little old ladies in sanctuaries before worship services.
I like to smile. My biggest, warmest smile.
Because I see God in you.
Dr. Joey Faucette