It could have been an awkward situation, I would have been so embarrassed but because of a gracious answer I was spared…
Proverbs15: 1 A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.
I am convinced that there are people that love drama so much that if it isn’t happening in their circle of friends or family, they create it! I don’t like confrontation and run as fast as I can to get away from a person like that.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Are you wondering what happened?
I picked my third grade son from school and had a little surprise for him. He had been asking for the latest fad, all the kids had them, a giant pair of orange and lime green sunglasses, over-sized clown-like plastic ones. He was so excited and put them over his green eyes immediately. I needed to go by the funeral home to visit the mother of a twenty-one year old son who had been killed in a horrific traffic accident so I told my son about it and asked if he minded going with me. He shook his head back and forth, silky bangs flying and asked if he could wear his sunglasses inside, I agreed. We went in and walked over to the casket where the mother stood. As I was talking with her I noticed her eyes get big and I turned to see what happening, to my horror I saw that my little boy had placed his great big orange and lime green sunglasses on the face of the corpse. I reached to get them and looked at the mom not knowing how she was going to react and to my surprise she was smiling, she said, “Oh Stephen would have thought that was so funny, he would have loved it! Don’t be upset it’s fine!” I now had the sunglasses in one hand and my son’s hand in the other, thanked her for being so gracious and I left! I thought the mother handled the situation with class and saved me as well as my son from being terribly embarrassed.
Knowing that I told a group of preacher’s wives that my parents weren’t really married, I deserved that one. The next time you have the chance to save someone’s face think about how you would feel in the same situation and bring peace, not war!