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Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)
TITLE: What to do, What to do?
By LaRue Kendrick
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How could I have gotten myself into such a mess? Carolyn was pacing the floor, afraid the phone would ring at any minute, and she wouldn’t have any idea what to say.
Just yesterday she had run into her friend, Sarah. They hadn’t seen each other for a few weeks so had some catching up to do. They had decided to go to lunch together on Thursday. That was the only day Sarah had free, and she had told Carolyn, “I really need to talk to you about something going on in my life. You are a lifeline for me.”
Carolyn couldn’t imagine what was going on with Sarah, but she prayed the Lord would use her when they met. Now it was Wednesday, and Carolyn had awakened in the night with a horrible, sinking feeling, realizing she had already committed herself to be in the school library monitoring tests on Thursday. The librarian had been so relieved when Carolyn said she could be there as the librarian had called nine people before Carolyn.
In the middle of the night, Carolyn cried out to God. “O, Lord, I am in the most awful predicament. What am I to do? I don’t know how I could be so absent-minded. Please show me your solution.” Since it was impossible to go back to sleep, Carolyn crawled quietly out of bed and made her way to her favorite chair. Her Bible lay on the table beside it so she opened it up to read. She did find peace in its pages and went back to bed to sleep.
When the morning light peeked through the bedroom window, she awoke with a renewed prayer for God’s answer. Why was it so hard to trust God to show the way when she confessed daily in prayer His faithfulness to her?
She dressed and made her way to the kitchen to start breakfast. When Bill, her husband, came up behind her and hugged her, all fresh and clean from a shower, she turned in his arms and confessed her dilemma to him. His first response was to ask if she had prayed about it. “Yes, she said, for a good part of the night.”
“Then we will have to trust God,” Bill said. “Let’s just pray about this right now. Lord, you know that Carolyn meant well in offering to do both of these things without realizing they were for the same day. Now we come to you for guidance and ask that you would resolve this matter in your way. Give her your peace, Lord. In Jesus name, we pray and thank you. Amen.”
Carolyn lifted her face to his and said, “Thank you.”
“The answer will come,” Bill said, “and now let’s eat. I am really hungry, and the cornbread smells delicious!”
After breakfast, Carolyn believed her first priority was Sarah and whatever it was that was troubling her. She called the school librarian to tell her that she was going to find someone to take her place. The librarian was notably troubled by Carolyn’s call but said she could wait until 10:30 that morning but needed an answer by then in order to have clearance for whoever was coming in. She would call then to get Carolyn’s answer.
Now it was 10:20 a.m. and Carolyn hadn’t heard back from any of the people she had left messages for. “God, I’m really getting down to the last minutes here…” The ringing phone interrupted her prayer. The caller ID read Bill’s work place. Always glad to hear from him, she picked up the phone but almost wished it was one of the people she had left messages with.
“Hey, Bill, what’s up?”
“You will never guess what just happened here so I’ll tell you. I was supposed to be at a job site Thursday at 11:00, but the fellow I was meeting there called to say he wouldn’t be able to meet me until that time on Friday. I really don’t have to be anywhere else Thursday, so I can take your place at the library. That is, if they will let me come in my jeans and boots.”
“What a wonderful answer to our prayers! God is so good. Thank you, Bill. I’ll make sure they will let you come in your jeans and boots!”
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