There is absolutely no way for me to know just how many times in my life God has worked to spare me from some difficult situation. But there are several I was very aware of and have strong memories of to this day.
Through the years I’ve sung at many weddings. Several years ago some of our good friends were getting married in the church I had attended for many years. They asked me to sing a couple of songs during the ceremony. I was, of course, honored to be a part. It would be the first time that I would ever sing “The Lord’s Prayer,” a beautiful song, which I’m sure for many singers is not a big deal to sing. But it was a good stretch for me, since I was pretty much into country and country gospel music at that time. I did agree to sing it and I knew I would have to spend some time getting, at least, somewhat comfortable with the music. (Since I had grown up in church, the lyrics weren’t really a challenge.)
It seemed that in no time the big day had arrived – time for all that practice to pay off.
As I recall, the wedding ceremony was scheduled to start at 7 o’clock. Of course, everyone who is in the wedding is expected to arrive early. That’s so the bride can be sure that the bridesmaids are all ready with their hair done up and everything, that the groom is on the premises,and that none of the groomsmen forgot their tuxedos or shiny shoes. It’s always a very exciting time. For me it’s always a time to walk around and be nervous.
This night was no different. With only a few minutes ‘til show time, I was getting a bit panicky, mulling “The Lord’s Prayer” over and over in my mind. Then I had the strangest feeling that my tie was probably not straight, so I went to check it out in a mirror.
I walked into a room behind the pulpit area, thinking there would probably be a mirror there. None. I walked into an adjacent room. Still no mirror. Knowing we couldn’t be far away from 7 o’clock now, I ran upstairs to yet another room. I couldn’t believe that there were no mirrors to be found.
Then I noticed a light on in another room at the other end of a long, dark hallway. Maybe there. I walked very quickly down that dark corridor…and fell into the baptistry. It’s like a small concrete swimming pool. But it was empty. (Thank you, Lord.) If there was going to be a baptism the next morning, the thing would have been full of water and I would have been sunk. (Pun intended.)
I did make a lot of noise as I bounced down the four steps. I’m sure people on the other side of that curtain in the congregation were wondering, “WHAT was THAT?”
I made it through the song with only one major blunder. I left out the word “kingdom.” At the end of the prayer I sang, “For Thine is the power…and the glory…and glory…forever. AMEN.”
I was told that nobody noticed. But at the reception, a little lady (whom I didn’t know) walked up, tugged my shirt sleeve and said, “I loved the song…even if you did put two 'glories' in it.” Thanks.
Life’s an adventure, and I’m livin’ it up!
Randy McLelland, a.k.a. Randy Mac, is senior pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church on FM 202. He has played the role of Grandpa in The Promise and, through his “Livin' It Up” ministries, is a motivational speaker and Christian entertainer.