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Topic: MISSION (01/30/20)
TITLE: The Assignment
By Faith Noles
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'Why didn’t the skinny old biddie cancel the staff meeting today since it’s like a thousand degrees?'
“MAGGIE! CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS.”
'Lord, is that You or is it me?'
Mrs. McAllister, looking like her belly button met with her backbone, was the only one who appeared cool. Her mandatory staff meeting seemed to progress as fast as a walking funeral procession down Bourbon Street.
'Bleh, bleh, bleh. Please shut your monotone mouth and let us run for shelter in our air conditioned cars before we all self-combust!'
Raviv, the Angel of the Lord, bolted against the putrid nymph who had whispered in Maggie’s ear, sending it to regions unknown.
'Oh Lord, it IS You. I am so sorry. Please forgive me. I just feel so miserable.'
Two of the foulest smelling creatures, warily eyeing Raviv, came out of hiding and slithered close behind Maggie. The largest of the two emitted it’s sulfurous breath on Maggie’s neck. Unaware of why she felt a wave of disgust, Maggie wiped away beads of sweat trickling down her neck. Suddenly Maggie’s right hand shot up, reaching for the ceiling.
Mrs. McAllister stopped abruptly, the annoyance clearly showing on her face and in her voice.
“Magdalene, you have the floor.”
Mrs. McAllister used Maggie’s legal first name which Maggie couldn’t stand. Maggie had indicated on her employment application that she preferred to be called ‘Maggie’ so she knew Mrs. McAllister called her Magdalene out of pure spite.
'Oh, how I hate you old woman.'
The thought came before she knew it. Sneering, Maggie spit out her questions.
“Mrs. McAllister, I was just wondering, and I’m probably speaking for the whole group, how much longer before the staff meeting is over? I haven’t had lunch. I’ve still got patients to visit today. And, truth be known, it is hotter than a you know what in a pepper patch!”
Everyone looked at Maggie in surprise and concern because they had never heard her talk that way.
Mrs. McAllister tightened her lips. “Magdalene, you may be excused now.”
Maggie could hear the disappointment in Mrs. McAllister’s voice and she instantly felt shame and remorse. Maggie felt everyone’s eyes burning holes into her back as she hurriedly ran towards her blue sedan. She cranked the car and rolled down the windows until the vents mercifully began blowing cold air. Maggie brushed away a tear flowing down her cheek. The Holy Spirit whispered the Word, “Cast down imaginations against Jesus”.
Maggie looked up the verse.“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:4, KJV)
A villainous spy the Dark Prince had assigned to Maggie gasped with surprise when he heard Maggie read the scripture out loud. The Spy darted quickly towards the blue sedan, so intent on tempting Maggie that he didn’t see the flash of light which instantly removed his head .
Raviv sheathed his sword and was at Maggie’s side in a millisecond. Power and love washed over Raviv as he sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit. Raviv removed himself and stood watch in a nearby oak tree.
'Now what is that verse I’m thinking about? Oh yeah! It’s says something about what we should think.'
Maggie searched for the verse on her smart phone. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. (Philippians 4:8, KJV)
Maggie couldn’t control her tears as the Holy Spirit convicted of sin.
'Father, please forgive me.'
Maggie stepped out of her car with determination, intent on apologizing to everyone.
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