Marshmallow Grace

They say that God works in mysterious ways. I think they’re right.

The last couple of weeks have been challenging. I month or so ago, I made a personal decision that I knew was emotionally risky.  It was also very secret, which has its own complications, such as the inability to seek out wiser voices. But one of those voices I did seek out was my pastor’s wife, who is one of the wisest women I know.  Do you remember those corporate trust exercises where you had to fall backwards and trust your companions to catch you? Now, hang on for a moment, because we’re going for a bit of a weird ride here.

As part of our discussion, she mentioned that I’ve been sad lately, and she’s been praying for me. During one of these prayers, she had a vision of me, hands raised in victory, falling back like the exercise I list above. So here’s where we get weird. 

Instead of landing in my fellow believers in the faith, or in the hands of God or anything spiritual like that, in her vision I landed in a giant marshmallow.

A. Giant. Marshmallow.

I took that home, wondering about God’s weird sense of humor.  I have a little spot in our yard where I go to meditate. I tried to picture this whole thing, which wasn’t too hard on a literal level, we’ve all seen videos of this exercise, both when it works and when it goes horribly wrong. If God is indeed God, God wouldn’t let it go wrong.

I began smiling, which turned to a chuckle, then outright laughter. This thought of me letting go of my emotional turmoil and landing in the belly of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man let me laugh for the first time in a month.

I’ve hardly stopped smiling since, which feels good. I have a new inner joy that fights back the questions and the lack of answers. It’s even motivating me to get off my bum knee and go write something.

So whatever’s bothering you today, let go of it and drop into the soft landing of Marshmallow Grace offered to you by friends, family, or God. And don’t forget to share your experience. After all, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is big enough to share and makes a heck of a s’more.

I hope you are navigating these most difficult of times with faith, love, and good literature.  


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