Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
This word is not in the dictionary. It should be. I have always been scared of germs. I could have been wealthy today if I had patented my hand sanitizer! I used to carry an old Mennen aftershave squirt bottle full of alcohol when my boys were young. If they got their hands the least bit dirty, they got squirted.
When we were in campus ministry, we were on a retreat once, and one of the boys got sick. He threw up all night. The other kids kept coming to me to have their hands squirted with rubbing alcohol. They told me that they would never make fun of my squirt bottle of alcohol again if none of them got sick. None of them did.
I was known for carrying that little bottle everywhere I went. This was way before hand sanitizer came on the market. Oh! How rich I'd be...had I been the one to "discover" hand sanitizer!
I said all the above just to show you how I try to avoid germs. Now I will tell you what I do during the week every week. I work in some of the nastiest situations you could imagine! We work in a warehouse with food that comes in every week. It then goes out on a food truck to various locations. Recently we have had a mouse infestation. UGH! Not only do I have to deal with mouse pee and poop, I feel like I am inhaling it as well! We go from there to work on a food truck, with nasty boxes which have been who knows where. At night we go to youth group.
Last night we had a new boy at youth group, and at one point he walked outside the gym and threw up! Right in front of the door! Why he couldn't walk a couple of steps more, I don't know. Paul (preacher) and Tommy carried buckets of water and washed it away, then Tommy poured disinfectant over the spot.
We came home, put all our clothes in the wash and got a hot shower.
Do you ever wonder at the Lord's sense of humor? I think He has one! Why would someone who hates germs end up working in a germ infested situation? Perhaps to take me down a notch or two. I don't know. I DO know that I love it! I love every aspect of our work.
If you are in Knoxville on a Tuesday or Wednesday, come and go with us. You will definitely get dirty and it will be dirt with lots of germs. But you will come away saying, "that was the most fun I have had in a long time."