Her head was buzzing with fatigue and she was seeing stars by the time Sandra arrived home from a Women’s Prayer Conference. It had been a long and sleepy four-hour drive. Now it was 2:30 a.m. The night was dark and moonless. Her husband was sleeping soundly.
As she entered the house quietly through the side door, Sandra tiptoed down the hall into the bedroom so she wouldn’t wake Jim, her husband.
She set her suitcase down gently in the dark. Then Sandra felt around for something she needed desperately—toothpaste! She closed her hand around the tube. Now she would be able to end this long day and go to bed with clean teeth. She went to the bathroom without turning on the light, squeezed the contents onto her toothbrush, and started brushing.
Immediately, Sandra knew it wasn’t toothpaste! It was greasy. No fresh mint taste, either. It tasted like medicine. Yuck! Sandra snapped on the light, and then realized
with a shock what the tube was: cream for clearing a yeast infection. She spit it out and
kept spitting. Sandra hoped and prayed that it wasn’t too late! Jim slept on. He had no clue his wife’s life might be in danger, and she wasn’t going to wake him.
Even though it was just hours before sunup, Sandra picked up the phone to call her close friend, wife of the local pharmacist. She told her about the greasy paste and what she had done.
“Ask Mel if I’m going to be okay!”
Sally nudged her husband until he groaned. Mel’s sleepy reply was,
“Tell her she won’t have to worry about yeast infections in her MOUTH for a long time!”
God is there for us in all hours of our need. It can be everyday challenges or life-threatening needs. Fear is not God’s answer, but can be as common in our everyday life as a hiccup. His is assurance that no matter what you give to him, he will handle it. We can think of no solutions, but he can.
Here’s the promise: When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? [Psalm 56:3-4]
When you are afraid, can you turn the challenge over to God?
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]