Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Church Custodian

Prompt from Graham: Three phases for this prompt, take them how you will: "cave man/porn star/riding on a unicorn/undercover cop wearing a uniform" "I'm not one for hyperbole" "That's one hungry kid."

This is a silly one.

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
Joel 2:28

He recalled the vision:

the scene was a cacophony of color
a painting accident involving
a caveman riding on a unicorn
and a porn star who was actually
an undercover cop wearing a uniform
and the color yellow.

His own interpretation was
that it meant he should open a pen store.

His logic made a surprising amount of sense.

I, his pastor, asked him what he thought
the significance of the yellow was.
He paused for a second and said
he always imagined cavemen with jaundice.

I’m not one for hyperbole
but I was starting to look forward
to these counseling sessions
with the church’s custodian
like they were Seahawk games.

He had a nice voice
made the visions seem less crazy
like he was narrating a film.
Outside his visions
he was a pretty normal guy,
sometimes we’d just talk about our kids.

He told me a story about his oldest,
who’s the thinnest 5th grader I’ve ever seen,
coming home from school
eating a box of a frosted flakes
and four hot-pockets.

Our session ended that day
without the customary prayer.
All I could manage was
“wow, that’s one hungry kid.”

Today, I told him he should think about
trying to paint his vision, see what insights he gains
and read Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones.
I wasn’t sure, but I felt like the two were connected.


Christine Hammill said...

can you promise me that our careers as pastors will involve this exact moment?

Steve said...

I'm just glad to know that if all else fails, I might just make it as a church custodian.