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Topic: Life (06/15/06)
TITLE: Masters Leading
By Jerry Ware
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It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Very little traffic on the road, the sky a clear blue and temperature a nice 76 degrees. “It was a great day, today, wasn’t it?” Mike said as they left the library. “Yes, it was. We were able to get so much done today. We even were able to get little Mikes pictures done today, and he did such a good job, too.” Said Elisabeth. As the couple left the red light, unknowing what was in store for them, a man suddenly pulled out in front and causing the couple with their 3 month old son to collide with the pickup truck. Smoke and fear went up like a bomb had just went off. Mike jumped out of the car, grabbed little Mike, who was still asleep in his car seat. Elisabeth began crying not knowing what was going on. The family went to sit on the curb nearby, and soon the abulance showed up and carried Mike, his wife and son to the hospital. “All seems to be fine with your son.” The doctor said, “but we would like to run some tests on you, Mike.” “Well, all the tests are done, you all may go home now, we will call when the results come in.” the doctor said.
Several months later, Mike was still having extreme pains and migraines. “I don’t know what is going on.” Mike said. “It is like a hammer banging on my brain that doesn’t seem to want to quit. I am not sure how much longer I can take it. Plus without my job and no money coming in, we are going to lose everything.” “I know, Mike, but what else can we do? You can’t work in your condition. The doctor has not released you to go back to work yet. How much money do we have left in savings?” Said Elisabeth. “Nothing is left” said Mike. “Nothing!” “And what is worse, we were a month behind on the bills before the accident, now we are three months behind.” “God is in control, Mike, He knows what He is doing”, said Elisabeth. “I wish I did”, said Mike.
Six months later, after both cars had been reposed and the bankruptcy was complete, the couple moved to Texas to be with Mike’s family. “Mike, I want to go home, back to my family”, said Elisabeth. “I want to be here so we can be a family.” Said Mike. “It’s not like we were a family before.” Said Elisabeth. “We are here to fix all that, to get away and to grow as a family. I know our marriage is not what I though it was, but that is why I want to move here to fix it, to grow, to be a dad and a husband again.” “God brought us to this place and time to fix our marriage and it took the car accident and losing everything to get both of us to the place where He needed us to be, not only to see the problem at hand, but to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to fix the problem. Life is hard enough without us messing it up, we say we rely on God, but then try to fix it ourselves and it always goes wrong. Then we blame God for it, when He is trying to get us to go a different way, which would fix it.” Mike said. “Then, where do we begin?” Elisabeth said. Mike said, “Life begins at the Cross, and at the Cross is where we will begin.”
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