Goobers for Jesus

Written by on April 24, 2013

Goobers for Jesus

Goobers and Raisinets
Chocolate-covered treats
Raisinets and Goobers
Mighty fun to eat!

“How about some Goobers?” I asked my friends as I stood in line with them at the movies.

“Goobers! Sure! Let’s get some Raisinets, too!” After we got our tickets, we made our way to the concession stand. The smell of salty popcorn and chocolate assaulted our senses. I pulled a ten-dollar bill out of my pocket.

Goobers! Chocolate heaven! But the word goobers also means lovable goofballs. We stick out in a crowd cause, well, we’re just too nuts to miss.

I recently attended an action-packed writers’ conference in Portland. Butterflies in my stomach flipped and flopped with steel wings.  I was the only person in the room with blue electrician’s tape holding broken eyeglasses together.

I’ll get a cup of tea. That’ll settle my nerves. Maybe I can threaten the butterflies by pouring scalding water on them. I set the glasses down on the table and carelessly dropped a my used tea bag on top of them. (The glasses, not the butterflies.)

Then the emcee announced that Paul Young, author of The Shack, was about to speak. I don’t want to miss this guy! I grabbed the glasses and wobbily hooked them over my ears. To my chagrin, the tea bag dangled from the corner of the frames. Now my nerd-face glasses sported a tea bag. Yikes!

Later that afternoon, I met with an agent who took pity on this poor writer and made some good sounds over my book pitch. At the end of the brief meeting, I stood and thanked her. The pages I brought to present leapt from my hands (don’t blame them for making a break for it) and fell at my feet, scattering across the tiled cafeteria floor. Sheepishly, I bent over and picked them up. The agent left to get a cup of coffee.

Head-smacking time.

When we’re total goobers, I used to figure Jesus was laughing at us. Who wouldn’t? But now I’m beginning to understand that He loves us and laughs, not at our expense, but with us in the joy of the botched moment.

Next time my Home Boy Jesus and I go to the movies, think I’ll buy Him some Goobers. And a big box of Raisinets, too, just to be on the safe side.

Goobers and nerdettes,
Funny, funny dorks,
Nerdettes and goobers,
Mighty funny snorts.

(Lynn, don’t quit your day job.)

What’s your favo candy? What do you do that makes Jesus laugh?

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Comments
  1. Bonnie   On   April 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Your so funny Lynn. Good thing the wet teabag didn’t fall on the papers you dropped.

    I know God must have had a good laugh, cause for the longest time when I prayed the our father, I didn’t know that “hallowed”
    meant Holy. I always prayed it thinking like on Romeo and Juliet talk. (Like how would it be thy name} I think he must have thought what a goofball… But I always prayed it with such reverence, that now when I pray it, want to say Holy Be thy Name. Because I had always thought of it in the other context.
    Silly me…

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Bonnie, that’s funny! I love the Romeo & Juliet part. To pray or not to pray, that is thy question. Love your favs, Kitkat, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Snickers. As a kid, my favo candy bar used to be Three Musketeers.

  2. Paul   On   April 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Haha, I really enjoyed this post. As I mentioned again, I find your writing style very pleasant and thought-provoking. Keep up the good work Lynn!

  3. Cathy   On   April 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I love Raisinets at the movies! Reese’s are also at the top of my list.

    Jesus probably laughs at the way I play with my dog.
    Oh, and about the silly ways I pray to Him about the most silly things because most of the time I am laughing too!

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Cathy, joy in YOU is a box of Reese’s peanut butter cups and laughter and dogs all rolled into one. The best of times.

  4. Jeannie   On   April 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Dear Jesus,
    Thank you for laughter.
    Thank you for candy.
    Thank you for Lynn.
    Thank you Lord that we
    can finally laugh at our
    selves, and not feel guilty
    or shamed. Thank you
    Jesus that you think I’m
    funny. Amen Love Jeannie

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Jeannie, I love that! My doctor told me I need to express gratitude more. I read this aloud.You made my day!

  5. Susan Ward   On   April 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Jesus is teaching me to enjoy the moment I am in. As they say, yesterday was in the past, tomorrow is in the future, and today a present. Laugh more, live in the moment more with God.

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