Last summer, I helped with an inner-city VBS. I was sitting at the table with several preteen boys. I knew the family situation of these boys was not good. Two of the boys were being removed from their home and put into foster care. A different boy at the table was their cousin; he began trash-talking their parents. The older of the two kids in foster care, naturally, became defensive of his parents and threatened violence against his cousin.
I've worked with kids a long time. I can say, "I'm trained to handle that" to most situations, but this one was out of my expertise. I tried to get the kid to apologize. Fail. I tried to "jump the shark" and change the subject. Fail. I had no idea what to do. And I froze.
April came to my rescue. She knew this family's story and how to handle these boys. As soon as she had the situation under control, I excused myself from the table and moved to color with the little kids. I'm much more comfortable with crayons. It was during that week that I decided I wanted to be April when I grow up.
This week, I jokingly said, "God, I'd love to grow up to be April as long as I don't have to marry a guy like Christian." April's husband is one of the leaders of my 20s ministry, and on Monday we played Jenga. Until I accidentally knocked the tower into Christian's lap and he showered me with blocks. Mind you, Christian is a pastor and we are at church. We moved on to building with Jenga blocks where I used my right hand to build while using my left to knock Christian's hand away from destroying my creation. Luckily, I learned a long time ago that sassing and vexing is a love language, and most of my friends think it's my primary love language.
I love Christian and April. They're such a godly couple. Sure, they don't always get long. I've seen that, but I've also seen them both admit when they're wrong. I've seen them willingly give of themselves to serve God's Kingdom. I've seen them be used by Him. I've only known Christian and April for a year or so, but I do know I need more people like them in my life.
Happy birthday, April. I'm so glad you're coming home soon. We both know it's not good for Christian to be home alone. :-)