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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)

TITLE: EmbarrasSent
By Tim Pickl


I was running late for church that Sunday morning—I had a lot going on. I worked late the night before and overslept. I suppose it didn’t help that I tapped the snooze button on my Droid phone a couple times too many.

Nice “wake up alarm” app for my new phone… but it is annoying.

As I adjusted the rearview mirror, my Droid phone rang in the Bluetooth device in my ear.

“Hi Mike, are you on your way here?” Mrs. Johnson’s sweet voice was soothing, but it reminded me I was late.

“Hi Mrs. Johnson! I’m on my way there. I’m running a little late. Worked late last night.”
“Great—I just wanted you to meet the Browns—the new family in our church. They’re excited about the Home Bible Study.”

“Awesome. I’ll be there in a little bit.”

How embarrassing… I thought, not a good first impression on the new family.

I really wanted to speed, but I resisted the temptation, purposely staying at the speed limit. It’s just a matter of principle with me—submitting to authority is a lesson I had to learn the hard way—but that’s a story for another time.

“Thank You God for this beautiful spring morning.” Sunshine sparkled through the leaves on the trees. “I love You Lord. Thank You for being so good to me… have Your way, Lord with this Bible Study.”

I finally found a place to park in the church parking lot, grabbed the car keys and walked fast toward the church entranceway. Mrs. Johnson was waiting just outside the entrance with the Browns, and just as she waved at me—

Oh NO, I forgot…

I forgot to grab my Bible, so I spun around and almost ran this time back to my car to get it.

How embarrassing…

Finally, I met the Browns and I exchanged names, hugs, handshakes, addresses and phone numbers with them. The Home Bible Study was set now for every Tuesday evening for 12 weeks. The first one was scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday came so quickly and I had to work late—I had just enough time to get to the Brown’s home. While driving over there, Mrs. Johnson called me.

“Hi Mike!”

“Hi Mrs. Johnson, what’s happening?”

“I just wanted to remind you about the Home Bible Study.”

“I haven’t forgotten about it—I’ve been thinking and praying about it all day.”

“That’s good, are you almost there? It’s getting close to 7:00.”

“Just about there.” It was dusk and the darkness increased with every moment.

“Okay, I’ll let you go. Please call me and let me know how it went.”

“Will do.”

I turned down the Brown’s street—at least I thought it was their street—and crept along in my car until I saw their house number.

“That’s gotta be it.” I muttered to myself.

I went to the front door and rang the doorbell. No answer. I tried it again. No answer. I knocked. Still no answer. As I turned to return to my car, the light came on over of the door and an elderly gentlemen appeared.

“How may I help you? Are you in trouble, son?”

I spun around. “Is this the Brown’s house?”

“Well, son, I been livin’ here most of my adult life and there are no Browns here that I know of.”

How embarrassing.

“Oh, okay. Well—I’m so sorry for interrupting your evening, sir.”

“I am curious, what were you looking for the Browns for?”

I showed him my Bible. “I am starting a Home Bible Study with them tonight.”

“Oh? You are a Bible teacher?”

“Yes sir.”

“Please come in and talk with me for just a little while.”

“Well, sir, I am obviously on the wrong street—got the right address—but the wrong street. The Browns are waiting for me now.”

“No, you don’t understand. My wife is very sick, and she needs prayer right now; see I was young like you once… and I was a Bible teacher, too… but over the years, I fell away from The Lord, and my faith isn’t what it should be. Please come in.”

As my new friend led me deeper into the house, I quickly texted Mrs. Johnson.

“This is my wife, Yvonne.”

In tears, I knelt down by the bed and placed Yvonne’s frail hand on my Bible and prayed.

The Lord took an embarrassing situation and changed it for good.

They both were saved.

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Leola Ogle 01/19/12
Great, heartwarming read! Thanks for sharing! God bless!
C D Swanson 01/19/12
This was touching and held such a wonderful message. There are "no accidents" or "coincidents" when it comes to God. He knows- and He obviously led this young man to the "right door."
Nicely told - God Bless~
harvestgal Ndaguba01/19/12
Lovely story. Awesome how God can change embarrassing situations.
Edmond Ng 01/19/12
It's always a joy to know of people who are being led to the Lord in ways beyond our comprehension. What may seem a mistake to man is never a mistake with the Lord leading us. Thanks for sharing this. A well written and heart warming piece. God bless.
Hiram Claudio01/20/12
Nicely done. The story really flowed very well and I liked the ending a lot. The flow seemed very even until the end when it seemed a bit abrupt and it resolved very quickly (but I attributed that to the 750 word confines). I loved the title.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read with a very compelling message for us all!
Linda Goergen01/21/12
What a wonderful story! There was no mistake in the address, God knew just when and where to lead to the true need that night! Thoroughly enjoyed this and the title was perfect!
Noel Mitaxa 01/21/12
Loved the pun in your title, and how you prove its accuracy in this gentle picture of how God can play leapfrog over our mistakes - to spread blessings we would never anticipate.
Nancy Bucca01/21/12
Nice turn-around for an otherwise embarrassing situation. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/21/12
This is beautiful! I love how God can do such awesome things like this. Nice job.
Theresa Santy 01/23/12
I enjoyed this very much, very touching.

I liked how you threw in "How embarassing" every now and then--really tied the piece together well.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/26/12
Congratulations for ranking 6th in level three and 18th overall!