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Help, We’re Drowning!

July 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

I’m having a George Bailey-standing-on-the-bridge-in-desperation kind of day. In the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” George’s small Building & Loan has misplaced $8000. His Uncle Billy was to deposit the money, but something went awry at the bank and the money got lost. It was Christmastime and George’s world came crashing down around his ankles, sucking all the joy from his heart. Staring into the turbulent waters below, George prays to God for help. The answer to his prayer comes in the form of an angel who wants to earn his wings. Clarence proves to George that even in the midst of trouble, he has been blessed with a wonderful life.

Today banks aren’t lending, people aren’t building and all phases of construction are dying. People everywhere are gasping for air as financial waves of debt threaten to drown them. Jobs have evaporated like wispy summer clouds. My husband’s small construction business has been added to the list of casualties in his field.

Our once healthy savings account is no more and all our retirement money has been depleted. Instead of the business supporting us, we began supporting it with high hopes of a quick economic recovery. To make matters worse, an investment that looked so promising a few years back has turned into a nightmare. We are in the process of selling tools and equipment we no longer need–praying for God to provide buyers for everything. I feel that God is testing and refining us–and it’s a painful and scary process.

So at sixty-plus years I’m feeling that same kind of desperation that George Bailey experienced in that old classic movie. Some days I’m almost paralyzed with fear. I ask God for the strength to get through these dark days and cling to the promise that He answers prayers. The “when” in the equation causes a knot to form in my stomach as bills go unmet. My reasoning says help is way past due. The Bible says God’s timing is perfect. In the waiting I’ve experienced a strengthening of faith, and a more humble heart. My husband’s life is changing too as he relies more on God and less on what the world has to offer. Together we trust that God’s love will not fail us. And that makes for a pretty wonderful life.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)


The passion for writing was ignited in me when I was just a child in the fourth grade. One week the teacher’s assignment was to make a story from our spelling words. From then on I was hooked. I am a member of Christian website. My weekly challenge entries have made the Editor’s Choice list, the top 30 list and have also received their “highly commended” nod. The week of July 30th one of my poems will be showcased on their home page.

I’ve been married to Keith for nearly 44 years. I am a mother of three daughters, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. I volunteer for the MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) program at our church where I worked until I retired. I love to walk, write, quilt and spend quality time with my family.

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