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Topic: CROWD (07/06/17)
- TITLE: Karaoke at the County Fair
By Betty Overstreet
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I recon ya’ll are here to take part in the Karaoke Amateur contest, see’ns how it is time for it to start in about half an hour. Now, move on down to Miss Ellie’s table. She has them applications for you to fill out. “
“Jim, why do you think you have to talk with that Country accent just because it’s a County fair?”
“Well, Sally, I recon I jest like to talk this way, once a year” , replied Jim, the town Mayor.
Bobbi Sue was sitting on the bench in her mom’s back yard, fearful of the Karaoke contest .
What if I get on that stage and none of my friends or folks in town come to hear me? It would be so embarrassing to stand there, microphone in hand, music playing and I suddenly freeze up—like I did before. Oh, no, I can’t think about that. It was years ago when I was only ten years old and I had never sang in public before. I am all grown up now I don’t get stage-fright anymore.
“Bobbi Sue, are you all ready for your big night at the fair? called Mom from the from the back porch. “Have you practiced that new song you wrote so you feel comfortable singing it tonight?”
“Mom, you know I’ve been practicing every day. When you stand by the door trying to be quiet, I can feel you out there listening. I am a little nervous wondering how big a crowd there might be, but it will be a good experience to prepare me for singing at the Record Company next month. Just pray for me Mom, that I don’t flub-up in front of all my friends I hope will be there tonight.”
“Don’t worry about anything, Bobbi Sue. You’ll do just fine and, in case you get the jitters, I’ll be praying the whole time you are singing.”
“Now come get in the shower and make yourself real pretty. I can hardly wait to see you in the new outfit and those red boots. You’ll outshine everyone there tonight!”
Five o’clock came quickly and Bobbie Sue and her Mom head out the door. It was about five miles to the fairgrounds and Bobbie Sue fidgeted with her cell phone, checking the clock every second—time seemed to be crawling and at the same time speeding along toward time for her to sing. She lowered her head and said, “Father, I need you to give me peace to get through this night. I am really nervous but I feel this is the first step down the path you have planned for me. I want to sing for you more than anything else in the world.”
As she stood behind the stage curtain waiting to hear her name announced she was still concerned that no one would come to listen but she only had to think of the song she would be singing and a peace settled over her.
The announcer, Jim the Mayor, stepped up to the microphone and said, “ Well ya’ll, your sure nuff in for a treat this evening. Our very own, Bobbi Sue Maklin is the next contestant and I understand she will be entertaining us with one of her original songs, “Get down on your knees”. I recon that might be a song about some girl telling her feller to get down and ask her to wed. We’ll jest have to wait and see! Now put ya’lls hands together fer Miss Bobbi.”
As Bobbie Sue stepped out on the stage she was amazed. The crowd was huge and they all began clapping and yelling out her name before she ever started singing. As she opened her mouth, the words began to flow to the catchy rhythm of her song:
“Get down on your knees and pray, get down on your knees and pray. Jesus knows your every thought He’s beside you every day…….
The crowd went wild with applause and it was easy to see who the winner of this contest was going to be. The prize money would be enough to start her on her long awaited life as a Christian singer, singing for God: a ministry she had dreamed of ever since that long ago day when she was just ten years old and froze up when it was time to sing. God would not let that happen again!
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