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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)

TITLE: True Friends
By Mike Prine


I’ve owned a small ranch in north Louisiana for 25 years but a couple of years back, I decided to turn my ranch over to God. Now I work for Him and since I am a ranch hand for God, hearing prayers on God’s ranch is not that unusual. I will have to say, though , that at times, the praying becomes a bit more intense.

I recall such a situation on the ranch during a corn grinding job. We pulled the trailer load of dry corn close to the grinder to make the task a little easier, but it still did not eliminate the fact that we had to shovel the corn into the grinder by hand. We were lucky enough to have some friends there for the job. Yeah, you would think they would learn not to “drop in” just to see what is going on.

Now, Joe and Bob, (the names have been changed to protect the innocent), were in the trailer scooping corn while I was observing and gathering energy for my turn at the shovel. Everything was going fine until a mouse ran across the top of the corn, and despite all the jumping and hopping around of both friends, the mouse chose it’s escape route right up Joe’s pant leg. Now, I've heard the stories about New York City sewer rats being huge but Joe must have thought that this beast outsized all of those rats. Actually it was just a small, grey mouse.

As the mouse worked his way up Joe’s pant leg, Joe somehow managed to gather his thoughts enough during all the screaming and jumping, to grab the mouse about mid thigh. Now ole Joe, he realized he was in quite a predicament. He had this mouse pinched in his pant leg. He couldn’t let go of it, but he also couldn’t get it out.

When he realized there was only one solution to his predicament, you could see the terror and the reluctance on his face all at the same time. Even though the reluctance was there, fear won over and he screamed, ”Bob, you’ve got to pull my pants down for me!”

As Bob backed up shaking his head in a ‘no way-not me’ motion, he also realized this was the only solution. Being a good friend, Bob went to action and the praying got really intense. As Joe was praying, “Dear God, please don’t let this huge beast bite me”. Bob was praying, “Please God, don’t let a car come by right now”. Everyone else was grabbing for their cell phones to take a quick video so they could share a great laugh later over poor Joe’s predicament.

When we are in a predicament in our Christian lives, many times we are reluctant to call out for help even if it is to God. I guess we all have the, ‘I can handle this myself’ attitude to a certain extent. But, remember, when you find yourself in these predicaments, God is a true friend and He will be there willing to help no matter how embarrassing or hard the task may be. Don’t be reluctant to ask for His help. And you won’t even have to worry about the video later.

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Vicki J. Cypcar03/09/12
Thanks for the laughter. Sometimes I feel when we try to follow Christ we have a tendency lose our sense of humor. I loved this!
Melanie Kerr 03/10/12
Excellent writing. You told the tale with great humour. Thanks for the giggle.
Donna Wilcher03/10/12
That left me Laughing Out Loud (literally)!! Hahahahah! I bet that made God laugh too! Seeing all you big ole guys jumping around over a little mouse! Thanks for sharing this..it made my day!
C D Swanson 03/10/12
Hahahahahahahaha...Oh thank you for this laugh. I really enjoyed this story. I hope the little guy "lived" and ran away.

Yes...God is always there no matter the circumstances. And, I personally believe the Lord has a great sense of humor.

Good job! God BLess~
Yvonne Blake 03/10/12
Ha Ha Ha. . . what a true predicament! I enjoyed the application at the end.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/10/12
This is great! You had me laughing at the picture in my head. As they say, it's not the size of the mouse but the direction he is traveling in the pants that matters! I thought the way you turned this funny story into a spiritual message is grand.
Danielle King 03/11/12
This is a great story with an equally great message. If that little mousey had been a big black spider I would have amputated my leg to get away from it! Thanks for a good laugh.
Laura Manley03/11/12
As I read your entertaining entry, I was reminded of the verse in the Bible..."Is anything too hard for God?" Obviously, the answer to that is "NO!" I think all of us are guilty one time or another of not calling on God under situations like this, thinking He's got better things to do, but we need to let Him make that decision; not ours. I loved your delightful story!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/11/12
Thanks for providing me with a hearty laugh! Good story.
Allen Povenmire 03/12/12
I laughed all the way through this. Great use of humor to make a point. Well done.
Amanda Brogan03/13/12
Hilarious! Loved the easy manner in which you told the story and how you extracted Biblical truth out of such a crazy predicament. (I found myself wondering if any cars come along during the ordeal. ;) )
Amanda Brogan03/13/12
Correction: "... if any cars came along" is what I meant to say. HaHa! Oops! :)
C D Swanson 03/15/12