Christy woke up early on Monday morning and noticed that her husband, Ron, was already up. She got up and showered and put on her blue slacks, white blouse, blue vest, and white socks and shoes.
After that, she walked downstairs to the kitchen. “You’re up early today, Honey,” Christy said to Ron, as she kissed him. “I’ll get your breakfast.”
“I’m going to leave today and will be gone for the week. I’ll return on Sunday night.”
“Where are you going?”
“I have a writing assignment in Topeka.”
“That’s only 30 miles from here. Can’t you drive back instead of staying the whole week? Why do you need to be gone the whole week?” Christy asked, as she thought about what he just said.
“I need to take several pictures for several assignments. I’ll be back on Sunday.”
“I could go with you, and we could make it a vacation. We haven’t been away together for awhile.”
“I won’t have time for a vacation. I’ll be working all the time.”
“That’s settled. I need this week for my writing. I won’t have time for anything else.”
“Okay,” Christy replied, with a disappointed look in her eyes. I wonder what he’s up to. First, he said he had a writing assignment. Then, he said he had several assignments. Something is different about him. He doesn’t seem like Ron. Who is this person? This guy isn’t Ron? Where is he? Ron is always affectionate. He looks like Ron, but he’s not. I’ve got to follow him and see what I can find out.
Christy and Ron Parker had been married for six years. Christy was a freelance writer and did most of her work at home. Her husband, Ron, was a photo-journalist and worked in his office as well as traveling some to take pictures and write stories.
After Ron packed his suitcase, he walked outside and climbed into his car. Christy followed behind and climbed into her car. She knew she had to be careful because she didn’t want him to know she was following him.
She followed him to the building where he worked. She arrived and parked her car in a spot not too far from his car, but so he couldn’t see it. She climbed out, and walked into the main lobby and to the elevator. She pushed the button to take the elevator up. She entered and moved to the bake in case several people entered. However, only two men entered. One man was short and stocky and rough looking. The other one was a little taller and well dressed. Suddenly, the elevator stopped between the eighth and ninth floors. She started to panic because she didn’t like being confined in small areas, especially with two strange men. The men watched her and finally said, "Christy, this won't do you any good." Startled, Christy moved toward the door, so she could escape when the door opened. Finally, she asked, "Who are you? How do you know my name?"
"Go back home. Stay away from here," the short stocky man ordered.
"Why? Who are you?”
"Just do as I said, and you won't get hurt."
Christy tried to move to the buttons to push the elevator, but she was stopped by the short, stocky man.
“That’s not going to happen. You are going to
stay here until you do what we said.”
“What do you want from me?”
“You’re to go back home and stay there. You aren’t to follow your husband, or both of you will be harmed.”
“Why? What’s going on here?”
“That’s all you need to know. He has a job to do, and you are to leave him alone.”
Christy felt her muscles tighten and didn’t know what to do. She decided it was best to make them think she was going to do what they said. “Okay. I’ll go back home.”
They started the elevator again. “We’re going to follow you to your car just to make sure you get in and drive off.”
They left the building, and Christy walked to her car. She unlocked it and climbed inside. She locked her doors and started praying that God would protect her and Ron as she drove off. She was relieved to escape from the two men.
However, she didn’t go home. She drove around for awhile, and then drove to Topeka. She knew that Ron would arrive at some motel soon. She would just have to drive around until she found his car.
Within a few minutes, she decided to go to the park. She sat in her car and prayed that God would show her where her husband was staying and what was going on.
After a few minutes, she started her car and drove to a motel just off the Interstate. She spotted Ron’s car, but she couldn’t believe her eyes. She saw Ron standing beside his car talking to the two men who had her trapped in the elevator. “I can’t believe this. What’s going on? Who are these men? What are they doing with Ron?”
She saw someone in a car that was similar to Ron’s car pull into a parking space and climb out. She stared at the man and couldn’t believe her eyes. She saw him staring at the other men and dashed into a motel room. “That looked like Ron, but it can’t be. Ron’s with the two men – or is he?” Christy said to herself.
Christy saw the two men climb into their car and drive away. She sat in her car and prayed about her situation. She decided to go to the motel room where the other guy, who looked like Ron (or maybe was Ron), was staying. She knocked on the door and was pulled inside quickly. “What’s going on?” Christy asked.
“I can’t tell you right now.”
“Why? There’s another man here who looks like you. Who are you?”
“Christy, I’m your husband.”
“How do I know? I thought the other guy was.”
“Honey, I love you. I am your husband,” Ron said in his normal, affectionate tone.
“Why did those men trap me in the elevator in your building, and why does that guy look like you?”
“It’s a part of the plan.”
“What plan? Are you really my husband? If so, where have you been?”
“I am your husband, Honey. You’ll just have to trust me.”
“I want to trust you, but this is all weird. I need to know what’s going on.”
“Okay. The guy who looks like me is my twin brother. The other two guys are after me, and they think my brother, Randy, is me.”
“Why are they after you, and why was Randy in our home?”
“I was a witness to a crime they committed. The police have been searching for them the last several months. I saw them the other day, but I escaped without them seeing me. They found out where I worked. I found out recently that Randy worked there, too. We came up with a plan to capture them. I had to stay hidden so I would be protected as well as you.”
“I see, but it still doesn’t explain why Randy was pretending to be you and was in our home.”
“I went to Randy and talked to him about the situation. He agreed to take my place, but he wasn’t that happy about it.”
“That could explain why he seemed upset with me. You aren’t like that. You’ve always been affectionate towards me.”
“That’s because I love you. I wanted to protect you. I called the police, and they are on their way here to pick up the two men.”
“How can they? I saw them leave right before I came in here.”
“Randy told them to return within an hour. They asked him for a lot of money, or they would harm him and you. He told them he would have it within an hour. We arranged with the police to meet us here and trap them.”
“We’ve got to do something to help him.”
“God is with Randy. He’ll protect him. The police will be here soon. Everything will work out. As long as we trust God, He will work out our circumstances.”
After that, they looked out the window and saw two policemen and Randy walking toward their door. Ron opened the door and let them inside. He shut the door behind him and introduced Christy to Randy.
One of the policemen saw the car with the two men pull into a parking space. Randy walked outside and met them in his motel room, which was next to Ron and Christy’s. There was a connecting door and a small hallway between the two rooms. One policeman quietly opened the door and stood in the hallway by the door to Randy’s room, while the other one walked outside to the other door.
When it was time, they entered and caught the two men collecting money from Randy. The men were arrested and sent to prison. Ron, Randy, and Christy were relieved that their situation worked out.
THEME: If you trust God through the circumstances of your daily lives, He will help you.
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