Mike Howerton is lead pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington, and served for six years as the college pastor at Saddleback Church. He lives in Washington with his wife, Jodie, and their three children. Some of his favorite things are sushi, wrestling with his kids, C.S. Lewis, the original Mario Brothers, and surfing warm water waves. Mike is the author of Glorious Mess: Encountering God's Grace for Imperfect People.
What he Said … Rolling Around in Sewage
I grew up in Southern California, where 355 days a year you suffer through sunshine. But the other 10 days, the sky splits open and water falls with reckless abandon. Whenever that happened, my brother and I would partake in the pinnacle of kid-dom: mud football.
One year, after a particularly wicked deluge, we grabbed the Watkins twins and headed down to a nearby grass gully. Perfect!
I tackled one of the twins and watched him skim across the surface of the water and thought, I might be in heaven! When he got up I noticed something stuck to his shoulder. I peered closer. It was a piece of toilet paper. In that same instant I realized the smell surrounding me was more pungent than a typical mud football game ought to smell. (There was a huge, concrete sewage runoff drain right next to the gully).
I yelled out, "We're playing in POOP WATER!" One minute I thought I was in heaven. Next minute I was in hell. Sometimes in life we think we're having fun until we realize we're rolling around in sewage.