1985 Spring Fling - 2 of 3
HAPPENINGS ALONG THE WAY TO HEAVEN
September, 2012 (Part 2 of 3)
From Psalm 5: "O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up…let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice; let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them; let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee" (verses 3 and 11).
While sitting around the banquet table, enjoying great food and fellowship, Eilene told her story. She was also in charge of a Bible Study. Thursday night, she had finished packing. Her husband reminded her it was bedtime; but she had one more thing to do: Make the spinach
Dip. "How long will that take?" her husband asked.
"Well, I have to chop up a lot of vegetables. It does take a while." He promised to get up an hour earlier in the morning and help her. Agreed! It was a beautiful platter of colorful fresh vegetables surrounding a bowl of dip. She put it in a large bag; wrote her name across the top; took it to work with her; and put it in the office refrigerator.
At 1:00, Eilene agreed to be the Office Receptionist while all the other employees attended a Going Away Party for one of the office workers. At 3:00, Eilene was preparing to leave her office to go to the Spring Fling '85. She joined the office party for a few minutes prior to her departure to Spring Fling.
She opened the office refrigerator and immediately went into shock! Her tray of spinach dip and vegetables were completely devoured!
There was a vague written acknowledgement and compliments for what a terrific person she was to fix such a delicious treat for the office going-away party!
She fled to an empty office and dialed the phone to reach her husband. Through all the tears and sobs, he managed to get the "picture." If he could have reached through the phone and touched her, he could not have wiped away the tears any better than he did with his words: "Don't worry about it, Honey. I'll take care of it. I'll go down to my company cafeteria and have them fix up a party platter, and I'll bring it to you as soon as I get off work. Don't cry. Everything's going to be alright."
What a sweet, sensitive, caring, considerate Christian husband she must have! I was so happy for her. She sat next to me, all smiles; confident and relaxed, knowing her Bible Study would be the best she could have. She added to her story, "The company cafeteria only charged him $5.00 for this $50.00 party platter of cold cuts, cheeses, olives, pickles and crackers!"
Our banquet meal was being served -- a luscious sight to behold! The salad of lettuce with…"What are these white chunks on top?" Wanda replied, "I know: they served it to us in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It's hearts of palm, and the restaurants sell it by the inch!"
Mary and I were definitely the only grandmothers at our table. She said, "I have the most beautiful grandbabies in the world: 12 of them!"
Wanda turned to me and asked, "Mom, are you going to let her get away with that?"
I replied, "Well, all I can say is seeing is believing, and I'd like to see what you think are the most beautiful grandbabies in the world when you see a big picture of my 3 in our room."
Karen attends Metropolitan Baptist Church. She gave an exciting report of how this new church was growing and of her involvement. Her mother lives in another city. I liked them both, immediately, when we met.
The speaker at our banquet was Jeannette Clift George -- actress, writer, speaker and Bible teacher. She played the role of Corrie Ten Boom in the movie, "The Hiding Place." She is the founder and director of the After Dinner Players who have a theater on Alabama, one-half block west of Kirby. I have been to this theater, and promise you it is a wonderful place to go. She puts so much humor in the Bible stories.
We loved her speech. The serious part was from Deuteronomy 8:3 -- "And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live."
Remember the way God led YOU…and when you come to the "manna gate," God's supply is past description. God led me and let me be hungry that He might feed me with manna. These were her words. She said, "How often do we say, 'God, I'm turning this problem over to You…and this is the way You should handle it.'"
After this, everyone jammed the stairways and elevators to return to their rooms, and go to the Bible studies. Mary and Karen took the stairs. Wanda and I waited on elevators. We all arrived at room 423 at the same time. Karen saw the sign on the door, and verified, "This IS the Bible Study room!" They really went into action. In three minutes that room was in apple pie order. The last item was tucked neatly out of sight when the visitors began coming in.
This 1-1/2 hours will be remembered among the most precious moments of my life. Wanda led this group of women, who had never met before, in Bible study, discussion, prayer, and testimony. Her topic was "Commitment." We shared the words, "MAN IS NO FOOL WHO GIVES UP WHAT HE CANNOT KEEP TO GAIN WHAT HE CANNOT LOSE."
At 10:30 that night, we returned to the ballroom where the After Dinner Players entertained us with a skit on Jonah and the Whale which was the funniest presentation I ever heard. It was great!
Then, we had a style show. Afterwards, we just visited with new friends, enjoying every minute. It was l:00 a.m. when the four of us returned to our room.
God blesses everything we do. Karen remarked how wonderful it was to have two mothers and their two daughters sharing a room.
We scheduled bathroom time for morning, with me volunteering to be last!
After two more hours of talking, we all fell asleep.
(…..to be continued)
TILLIE WIER, inspirational writer and employee of Logos Ranch, LLC shares her adventures with God so that others may see Him in their everyday lives.
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