A Random Question. What Kind of God?


Keely, over at Unmom, does this thing.

You post Random Thoughts on Tuesday. That’s it.

The other night at work, I was humming. Yes, humming. To entertain my self while I was vacuuming. Yes, vacuuming. And no, I’m not a cleaning woman, although it sure does feel like it sometimes. I’m not vacuuming toenail clippings off of some cheap hotel carpet, y’all. I vacuum soot. And no, not the soot that comes out of your fireplace, the kind of soot I’m talking about is white and chalky and it gets all over everything.

Like my new black suede MBT shoes that I bought at the expensive shoe boutique for 230 bucks on sale because I heard they would make my feet stop hurting. And like my hair, which I carefully spike up before work every day, and yet by the end of the day I look like I’ve just climbed out of a vat of powdered sugar. And all over my pants, my clean coat and my safety glasses.

Anyway, back to the humming. Vacuuming, as y’all all know, is a pretty boring and solitary job, so to pass the time I usually hum whatever tune pops into my head. A lot of time I get short little spiritual ditties, called “choruses” floating around in there. In my former life, before I backslid and got divorced, I played the piano for a Pentecostal type church.

For twelve years, y’all. That’s a whole lot of little spiritual “choruses.”

So the other night, the tune I had stuck in there was one of our major choruses. Only about four lines long, we would frequently sing it to start the services off with. “Our God is a _____ God.”

That’s right. A _____God. Now looky here, y’all, I could not, for the life of me, remember the words. So I’m thinking to myself, “Now, Ginger, think. What in the Sam Hill kind of God is He, anyway?”

I came up with several possibilities.

I wanted to claim it was Thankful. But no, Our God is a Thankful God didn’t seem quite right. We should be thankful, not Him.

I ran through everything I could think of….I knew it was two syllables. Mighty? No. Loving? No. Truthful? No. Jealous? No. Frightful? Clearly, no.

As y’all can tell, it was really buggin’ me. I started to wonder how on earth I could have forgotten this. Was I that far gone into Backslidingdom that I couldn’t remember what kind of God we have? Or was menopause, or lack of sleep, or my love of mojitos to blame?

I walked around in a memory fogged daze for a while, cleaning soot out of my machine and starting it back up, all the while trying my best to remember.

Our God is a _____ God? I just couldn’t fill in the blank.

Finally, after who knows how long, I decided to go down the alphabet. Sadly, I find myself using this trick more and more to recall things like this. Like, peoples’ names. When you know you know the name, but you just can’t quite grasp it. Amanda, Betty, Carmen, Donna, etc.

Yeah. Getting old sucks.

So, I started doing the alphabet game. I was going to go down the alphabet and think of a two syllable word for every letter that describes God.

I’m happy to report it worked. A. My first word was Awesome. AWESOME! YES! OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!!

Now I’m humming. Now for the rest of the song!! Our God is an Awesome God, He reigns…..uh…..blankblankblank on High. Huh?

Oh well, at least I got the title. At least I still remember that God is awesome.

I’ll work on remembering the rest of the song later.

But if y’all ever hear me say I’ve forgotten the words to Amazing Grace? Well, just shoot me.

5 thoughts on “A Random Question. What Kind of God?

  1. You are too funny! I do that going through the alphabet thing when I’m trying to remember something too. I had to chuckle when I read “In my former life, before I backslid and got divorced, I played the piano for a Pentecostal type church.” because before my divorce I was the sunday school director and then youth director for years at a non-denominational church. And we sang that very same song. Even though I no longer go to church some of these tunes come into my head too.

  2. Well, for us Hellbound non-believers, God is, hmmm, well – an imaginary God. Which pretty much makes you safe, because when we all go to meet The Maker, He’s going to be a LOT more concerned with my backsliding than yours.

    Of course, I may just be the one who is imaginary.

  3. Our Google is an awesome Google:

    “When He rolls up His sleeves
    He ain’t just putting on the ritz

    Our God is an awesome God

    There’s thunder in His footsteps
    And lightning in His fists

    Our God is an awesome God

    The Lord wasn’t joking
    When He kicked ’em out of Eden
    And it wasn’t for no reason
    That He shed His blood
    His return is very close
    So you better be believing that
    Our God is an awesome God

    Our God is an awesome God
    He reigns from Heaven above
    With wisdom power and love
    Our God is an awesome God

    And when the sky was starless
    In the void of the night

    Our God is an awesome God

    He spoke into the darkness
    And created the light

    Our God is an awesome God

    Judgment and wrath
    He poured out on the Sodom
    Mercy and grace He gave us at the cross
    I hope that you have not
    Too quickly forgotten that
    Our God is an awesome God

    chorus (3x)

    Our God is an awesome God (4x)”

    Isn’t it nice to know you don’t have to bother remembering things anymore, just make sure you have access to the Internet 😛

    • Well Kyle! Aren’t you helpful!? Thank you! I don’t think I’ve ever heard the verses, just knew of the chorus. Funny that the last line says,
      “I hope that you have not
      Too quickly forgotten that
      Our God is an awesome God”

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