A Day in the Life of a Fool
Remember that verse in I Corinthians 1: 27 where God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise? I am so glad God chose me as one of His little fools.
It was colder than most January days in Calgary, Alberta—so cold that I was reluctant to drive my old Volvo too far from home, but I hated to miss the first day of the new semester. After dropping my son off at the babysitter’s, I decided it would be safer to take the subway, something I had never done before. A small voice inside reminded me that whenever I do something for the first time, I make mistakes, but I told myself that taking a subway wasn’t rocket science, was it?
I bought my ticket, but knew I would have to transfer downtown to another train that would take me to the university. I wasn’t sure how to do that, but surely someone would help.
When I arrived downtown, I jumped off the train and was waiting for the corresponding one to arrive when a thought struck me. I had left a pot of potpourri simmering on the stove. Great. Why hadn’t I thought to turn the stove off? It had been two hours, and soon the water would evaporate, the pot would catch on fire, and we’d lose everything. I thought of my poor dog as I dug a quarter out of my purse to call a neighbor with a key to my house when I realized my purse was missing. (this was before cell phones). I’d left my purse on the train. No car, no keys, one quarter.
I prayed for God’s help.
Taking a deep breath, I called my next-door neighbor who wasn’t home, but my husband was in town, which was rare since he worked for a hockey team that was always on the road. Bobby was gracious as always and didn’t reprimand me for being an idiot.
While I waited for him to pick me up, I stopped the conductor of an arriving train and told him about my purse. He said he would alert the other drivers to be on the lookout.
As Bobby and I raced toward our house, I scanned the sky for rising smoke in the northeast. Bobby reminded me that we would have to cancel our credit cards and get a locksmith to unlock my car since we didn’t have an extra key.
No smoke billowed out of the house, but I didn’t wait for the car to slow down before I jumped out, opened the garage door, and ran into the kitchen. The red light on the stove was still on, the burner under the small pot was red hot, but the potpourri floating inside the pot wasn’t simmering. I dipped my finger in the brown liquid. It was ice cold. ICE COLD.
The same God who parted the Red Sea and made the sun stand still made the liquid on a red-hot burner ice cold.
But that’s not all. A few hours after I cancelled my credit cards, I received a call from the transit company. They found my purse in a plastic bag. Someone had taken the cash, but left everything else—my passport and visa, my checkbook, credit cards, keys, and driver’s license. I called the bank to see if they would disregard my request to cancel my card,s but knew it was a lost cause. The woman at the bank said that the system had gone down after I called so my credit cards were still good.
I made a lot of mistakes on that cold January day, but God didn’t reprimand me. I was doing enough of that myself. He made simmering water cold and made the bank’s system stand still for a few hours for me. Instead of being the worst day of my life, God gave me a story to tell.
Newly retired from teaching, Sherri Stewart is transitioning into full-time writing and editing, but she makes time for her other love—spending time with her family, especially with her 89-year-old mother. She also enjoys travelling to locations to research her books. Israel is her next destination, a trip she has looked forward to for years. Sherri lives with her husband, Bobby, with whom she is celebrating her fortieth wedding anniversary. Son Joshua works at Disney and keeps her laughing. She hones her craft through organizations such as Word Weavers International, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Christian Pen.
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Call Me Jane
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A Child’s Life of Christ: COME FLY WITH ME
Storybook #8 in Series THEY MET JESUS
This book centers around Jesus’ appearances to his apostles an what they did after he went back to heaven.
In storybook 8, your children meet….
*10 Apostles where they learn about people not being believed because what they say is too good to be true.
*Thomas where they learn that it’s okay if they are unsure if they believe in Jesus until they are older because Jesus will wait for them.
*7 Apostles where they learn some people they tell about Jesus to won’t believe, but some will.
*11 Apostles where they learn Jesus will help everyone who tries to tell Jesus about him.
*500 Witnesses where they learn they may not be the only believer in Jesus at school, even though the others don’t say so.
*Brother James where they learn sometimes children have to wait until they are grown up to find out how valuable they are.
*11 Apostles where they learn that, even though Jesus has gone back to heaven, he still loves them.
*Ruling Sadducees where they learn to decide now that, when they are grown, they will always admit believing in Jesus, even if they go to jail for saying it.
*Thaddeus where they learn to invite both children and grownups to go to church with them.
*King Jesus in Heaven where they learn what heaven is like.
Here is a sample from one of the chapters:
There was Jesus standing in front of all 500 of them! At his own funeral.
Jesus announced that he would like to say hello to every one of them. So, they lined up, and one by one were able to talk to Jesus and touch him. “Thank you, Jesus” they all wanted to say.
First was Michel, one of the wise men. He was old now and happened to have been visiting in Jerusalem when Jesus had been crucified. Michel bowed to Jesus just as he had when Jesus was a toddler. “Thank you, Jesus.”
Here came one of the shepherds ~ now old ~ that the angels had appeared to when Jesus was born. Then some people from the wedding where he turned water to wine. “Thank you, Jesus.”
Then Nicodemus and Joseph who buried him. Then the woman Jesus met by the well in Samaria. Then Captain Demetrius, his maid, and the little boy Jesus healed. Then Chuza and Joanna and their little boy who Jesus healed. “Thank you, Jesus.”
There were people he had healed of blindness and deafness and various diseases. There were people with missing legs and hands that he made grow back, and people with shriveled legs and hands that he made fill out and whole again. “Thank you, Jesus.”
Katheryn Haddad was born in the cold north, but now lives in Arizona where she does not have to shovel sunshine. She enjoys hot weather, palm trees and cacti in her yard, and a computer with the letters worn off.
With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
Her newspaper column appeared for several years in newspapers in Texas and North Carolina ~ Little Known Facts About the Bible ~ and she has written for numerous Christian publications.
Currently she teaches English over the internet every morning, using the Bible as a text book. Most of her students are Muslims. She has taught some 6000 thus far, and has former students, now Christians, in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Jordan, Uzbekistan, and Palestine. “They are my heroes” she declares.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers of the West, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.
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