Topic: Omnishambles Date: 05/06/2014
A Way of Escape
Pastor Wilson’s wife, Sarah, was a cancer patient, and had been hospitalized at Teaneck hospital.
“I will not bore you with medical terminologies. The tests show that your wife is in a critical condition; the recommended treatments for her should start immediately. If twenty-two thousand dollars as a payment is made available, the treatments should commence by 10 a.m. tomorrow.” Dr. Oxford explained.
Pastor Wilson sat back on his seat; his heart sank, as he felt dejected and frustrated at the hopeless situation. He did not have such amount of money.
He realized that the doctor was waiting for him; he managed to say something. “It’s alright. I will get back to you before 9 a.m. tomorrow. Thank you so much, doc.” Pastor Wilson left the office, and went to check on his wife who was still sleeping. Later, he left the hospital.
As he was entering his car, his cell phone rang.
“Hello, it’s Bro. Alfred. I will be absent tonight for the service. I got a call that my father is sick. I’m on my way to his house.”
“I’m sorry about that. I’ll handle the service. Take care.”
Alfred was his assistant, he normally preached during the mid-week services while the Pastor preached on Sundays. Alfred’s absence meant that the Pastor would be the one preaching that night. Pastor Wilson was not in the mood to preach, especially in his current condition of omnishambles. But he encouraged himself in the Lord, went to the service, preached, and prayed together with his congregation.
After all the worshippers had left the church, Pastor Wilson saw a small black handbag on a seat, possibly left behind by one of his members. In order to know the owner, he opened the bag. Inside the bag were a Bible and five bundles of money. Five thousand dollars was written on each bundle; that was twenty-five thousand dollars altogether.
Pastor Wilson sat down, and thought about the situation. He needed money urgently, but not this one. He resisted the temptation of keeping the money. Having checked the name on the Bible, he knew that the bag belonged to Mr. Leo Paul, a city businessman and a member of his church. He picked up his cell phone, and made a call.
“Hello, Mr. Paul, I’m sorry to disturb you, can I have a word with you at the church?” Pastor Wilson spoke cautiously.
“I will be right there.”
After few minutes of waiting, Mr. Paul entered into the church.
“I found this bag on a seat; I believe it must be yours.” Pastor Wilson handed the bag to Mr. Paul.
“I’ve been searching for this bag since I got home, I did not know that I left it at the church. I was so worried about the money inside; a customer gave it to me after I had closed for the day. So I decided to bring it home, and hopefully visit the bank tomorrow morning. Thank you so much, Pastor.” Mr. Paul was grateful.
“You’re welcome. Extend my greetings to your family. Have a good night.”
Pastor Wilson went home, prayed, and went to bed. In the following morning he decided to go back to the hospital, and ask them to cancel the proposed treatments because of his financial difficulties.
“Pastor Wilson!” a man called out his name as he was walking towards his wife’s patient room.
He turned around to look at the person.
“What are you doing here, Pastor? I work at this hospital. I’m currently the Medical Director.” Dr. Collins smiled at the Pastor.
“My wife is admitted here for cancer treatments.”
“Which doctor is handling her?”
Dr. Collins took out his cell phone. “Dr. Oxford, this is Dr. Collins, please I want Mrs. Sarah Wilson’s total bill be sent to me. Thank you.”
Pastor Wilson was dumbfounded. Immediately, he acknowledged that it was the Lord that intervened. He had made a way of escape for his family, as the Bible rightly confirms in 1 Corinthians 10: 13.
Pastor Wilson and Dr. Collins were old friends. Pastor Wilson had given his old car to Collins when the young man was at the medical school; that was twelve years ago.
“Thank you so much, Dr. Collins. I really appreciated this.” Pastor Wilson said.
“That’s alright. You are my good friend. Can we go together to her room before the treatments start?”
“Sure.” Pastor Wilson led the way to Sarah’s room.
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