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Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)
TITLE: Fools Rush In
By Lois Farrow
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OK, we don’t know each other well, you and Mike are just one of many young couples at church, and I come into, let’s just say, an older age bracket. But I’d like to get to know you more, and we just seemed to be getting on fine with our common interest in helping Mandy with her multiple needs in church. You also saw her through the week in your dance class. She loved it when you and the other girls did those dances in church. But now I hear you’ve given up dance. Surely not! You were so good at it. I do hope it didn’t have anything to do with what I said.
It goes back to that day I asked you to help, doesn’t it. How I wish I could take my words back. I couldn’t do the job on my own, and you were nearby, and I thought you’d be great, and you were. When you said you felt sick and needed to leave, I tried to hold you, because I couldn’t manage alone. I should have let you go, as you really couldn’t cope.
So there we were in a predicament and I wanted you to stay just long enough till we had Mandy dressed again and back into her chair. But it was too much for you. Ha, I said, thinking I was ever so bright, you’re pregnant! Mandy grinned; she thought that was a great joke and felt all excited for you. You took off with a stricken look on your face, and you haven’t spoken to me since.
I’ve puzzled over this. Why was that such a bad remark? If you were pregnant but it wasn’t public news yet, that would have been OK, surely. I could have kept your secret. Why did it hurt you so much?
Now I’m wondering if perhaps I have an answer. Could it be that you have been trying to get pregnant, and not succeeding? Could it be that your heart is breaking over this very subject, and my comment hurt you to the core? Perhaps this is your dearest wish and it is not happening. Is this why you have given up dance?
The Bible is full of women who couldn’t conceive when they wanted. In many cases God had a wonderful plan for them, and when a child finally came, he would be a very special child with a special anointing of God. Will this be the case with you? Is God asking you to wait until the right moment and then He will give you a very special child with a future of promise and hope?
I’m just speculating, of course; I really know nothing of your situation. I feel I have been a fool to rush in with a thoughtless comment in a sensitive situation, where others who know you better would fear to tread.
If I am right, however, I pray that God will comfort you and give you the desires of your heart. You and Mike are one of our special young couples with enormous potential. Please forgive me if I’ve hurt you, and please, let’s speak again.
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