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Topic: INDEFATIGABLE (02/11/16)
TITLE: One Step At A Time
By Rachel Varghese
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As the alarm rang, Jenny jumped out of the bed and asked God for His guidance through the long hours of her day. She ran downstairs lit the stove and put the kettle on it and rushed to the bathroom, washed and got ready to tackle the duties of the day.
Jenny’s mother had passed away when she was just a little girl. Her father, Peter never got married again. He had a big farm in the outskirts of the city and worked very hard in it from morning till sunset. Though so many people suggested him to get married, he never did. Jenny was all that he had and he did not want another woman to come and control her. He had a childhood friend who had a harsh step-mother and had seen all the agony that he had gone through. As long as Peter’s mother was alive she came and stayed with them and taught Jenny how to run a house. Now Jenny had to take care of the house and do her studies too. She was good at both of the responsibilities, but life was too busy to have any entertainment for her.
She participated in the activities in her local church on Sabbath. She helped in the children’s Sabbath School class and loved it as she had grown up as an only child. This was an opportunity for her to mingle with children and she enjoyed every moment of it. She never minded that she had to get up earlier than other days as she had to drive quite a distance to pick up some children from a poor neighborhood who had no ride to the church. She used to drop food to this community from her church that made food packages for the poor. She still continued doing that. As she thought of those days she remembered how the children got excited when they saw her small blue Saturn and shouted, “Food, food”. She drove with tears in her eyes when she left that place, thinking how much a small packet of food meant to these kids. Now she picked the children in the morning brought them home, gave them breakfast, dressed them in clean clothes and took them to Sabbath School. After church service she brought them home and told them Bible stories. They stayed with the father and daughter till evening and took them back to their parents. They spent some time with the parents and usually Peter took something from his farm produce as a gift to the parents and how they appreciated it! It was such a rewarding time of peace and tranquility for both the father and the daughter.
Jenny’s friends often asked her how she had time and strength to do all that she did. They could not understand how she was so infatigable Her only answer was, “Take one day at a time and the Lord will help you to do His work.”
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