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Topic: Appointment (02/09/12)
TITLE: Crocker's Choice
By Sandra Eastridge
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He looked over at Rosa. Funny, he’d never noticed her before the spell down at the log school house last winter. Oh, he’d known her, everyone in Paradise Valley knew everyone else but, he’d never noticed how pretty she was until that day. Something had happened to Rosa over the long, winter break. She’d grown up and filled out in pleasant places making his heart do funny things. Yes sir, he’d sure like to take her fishing.
“ . . . divine appointment, I have one and so do you. The Bible says: ‘it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment:’”
Crocker’s daydreaming about Rosa did a nosedive from daydreams of living to the realties of dying. He fidgeted in his seat. His heart was doing funny things again but this time it was the preacher, not Rosa causing his heart to flip flop.
He remembered the day of the spell down. The whole settlement was at the school house when they were suddenly trapped inside by a blizzard. Crocker thought they’d all starve to death, or freeze. He was plenty scared. He’d prayed then. Made promises. He dropped his head in shame. Once the crisis passed and he was safe at home – warm and with a full belly he’d forgotten all about those promises. Till now. Now he didn’t feel so good.
The preacher’s words reeled in Crocker’s attention again. “The Israelites called on God and He delivered them. But they soon forgot about the goodness of God and went back to their selfish ways until they were in trouble again.
“What about you? Have you made promises to God? Promises you didn’t keep? Is today an appointment God has set for you? Meet Him here at this mourner’s bench and get things settled between you and God. Don’t put it off because there is an enemy of your soul and he also has made appointments for you. If you don’t keep God’s appointments you most certainly will keep Satan’s.”
Crocker slunk down in his seat. How had the preacher learned about the promises he had made to God? Was this God’s way of reminding him he had broken those promises? Did God want him to go up there in front of all these people? Such action was unthinkable to Crocker. Still, all was not right between him and God.
Crocker stood. He paused for just a breath of a moment, then turned and walked out. He was going fishing.
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