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Topic: Bestie (05/22/14)
TITLE: The Strange Man
By Ken Ebright
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My dad remarried again and I found myself in treatment for depression. At age seventeen, I was forced to move out on my own. Due to my move I would have to switch schools. Although, the school district allowed students to apply for a transfer under special circumstances I fit into that category because I was in treatment. I held a prayer vigil every night walking around the track behind my school. One night there was a long haired man that was jogging he stopped and said. "I can tell you're praying. Can I ask what you're praying about?"
"I’m praying that the Lord would allow me to get a transfer; so I can attend Jefferson next year."
"I feel God telling me not to worry about it, you'll get the transfer." I felt my head getting light. Before I could get a word out of my mouth the man left the track.
When I was in my thirties my dad and step mom divorced. One night I went over to the house to see if I could talk them out of it. My dad wanted to leave town. I went home distraught because I wasn't able to change their minds. I didn't even feel like having dinner that night.
Then the phone rang I answered, "Hello."
"I am the man you saw at your moms funeral and on the track that one day when you were seventeen. I wanted to tell you that the Lord is going to get you through this." Then I heard a click at the other end of the line.
"Hello, who is this?" All I heard was silence.
When I turned forty eight I was waiting for a bus to Kansas City to go see my dad. He remarried my step mom this would be the first time in fifteen years that I would see him.
I would have to transfer to another bus to pick up my rental car in KC. As I was waiting there was this announcement that the bus would be two hours late. I started to feel my blood pressure rising because I would miss my connection. Then that strange man walked by and said, "The announcement was a mistake. Your bus is right round the corner it'll be here in a second."
The bus pulled up, I was afraid if I ran after him I would miss my bus, so I didn’t pursue him.
I never found out who the man was. It seemed like he was always there at he right time. I would to like to gotten to know him, we probably could have become best friends. I felt like the man was Jesus, he certainly looked like him. He knew what my needs were just like Jesus. When I asked Jesus into my life we became best friends. Jesus is the best friend to all.
This is a fictional story based on real events in my life.
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