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Topic: Pros and Cons (08/14/14)
TITLE: The Power of Prayer
By Julene Celander
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Clickety clack, clickety clack, don’t look back! Clickety clack, clickety clack, you are on the right track! As the Number 3 train left Union Station in Chicago and picked up speed, Ermaline began to wonder if she had made the right decision.
The Southwestern Chief was carrying her to Union Station in Los Angeles. It seemed funny to her that she was leaving Union Station, to arrive in Union Station…like she was going nowhere. Only the trip to nowhere was going to last forty hours, seven minutes, and fifteen seconds.
She once again slid her list out of her overnight bag and rechecked the pros against the cons. On paper the pros had won. But in her head she still wasn’t sure. She had given up a perfectly good advertising career to become a screen writer. Maybe it was too big a jump from writing ad copy to screen copy no matter how many plays she had written for the local church theatre group.
Her family and friends, who she knew she would miss dearly, encouraged her so she was on the train listening to the train ride the rails and making up words to the steady rhythm. Clickety clack, clickety clack, I’ve got your back. Clickety clack, clickety clack, you have the knack.
The train roared on and Ermaline got comfortable in her small cabin as she watched the world go by her window. She knew the train followed the old Route 66 highway and that meant she would get to observe a lot of America and the beauty of it.
WOOOOO, WOOOOO, don’t be blue! WOOOOO, WOOOOO, I love you! Her thoughts turned to the little church she left behind and all the brothers and sisters she loved so dearly. Her pastor had given her the address and phone number of a fellow pastor he knew and encouraged Ermaline to contact him once she arrived and became settled.
Hopefully that would become the biggest pro about her move to California. She knew God was with her no matter where she was and her faith became another pro for her move. She also knew that God would take care of her if she lived for Him and always put Him first. Yes, God could certainly tip the pros in her favor if she was faithful.
As Ermaline knelt beside the little bunk in her cabin she prayed. “Dear Heavenly Father I trust you with my life and put it in your hands. Please stay near as I enter a new phase in my life and lead me down the path that is best for me. I still have a decision to make and I know you will give me an answer before I step off this train. Whatever you will me to do, please let it be to Your Honor and Glory and according to Your will. Thank you, dear Father, for always providing and taking such good care of me. Thank you for the many blessings you shower down upon me daily. Please keep my family and friends safely wrapped in Your strong capable arms and away from harm. In Your Son’s most precious name, Amen.”
Venturing out to find the dining car, Ermaline rounded a corner and found a woman in tears. It was always in Ermaline’s nature to help whoever needed help and to do whatever she could. “Are you alright, Miss?”
A shaky voice replied. “Noooo. I can’t seem to quit crying and I am not sure what it is that is making me cry in the first place!”
“Let’s go get some dinner and we can talk.” Ermaline stated as she helped the woman stand and led her to the dining car.
During dinner they talked and the woman wanted to know where the joy that oozed from Ermaline came. Ermaline was exceedingly excited to tell the woman about her Jesus and what He had done not only for her, but for every sinner on the planet. She explained her joy came from Jesus. The women prayed together and the stranger accepted Jesus as her Savior.
The stranger was an agent headed back to Hollywood. She told Ermaline she should write about the truth in God’s Word and that she would gladly make sure her screen plays got to the right people. Ermaline looked heavenward and said, “Thank you dear Lord!”
Ermaline stepped off the train knowing she had gotten her answer. She was going to be a Faith Writer.
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