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Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)
TITLE: True Friends
By Mike Prine
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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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