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The alarm on Stephanie's cellphone went off at 6 AM. Exhausted from a another night of too little sleep and too many nightmares, she rolled over, hit the snooze button, and pulled the blanket over her head to block out the early morning light filtering into the room.
 
Ten minutes later the alarm rang again and Stephanie groaned. Sliding her finger across the face of the phone to turn off the noise, she laid there with her eyes shut trying to find the motivation to get  up and begin another day.  Depression rolled over her like a heavy fog as she thought about the events of recent weeks...

Her husband of nine years sat at the breakfast table one morning and just told her straight out that he wanted a divorce, that he'd found someone new he liked a whole lot better. Still reeling from that announcement and him moving out, she learned that the business where she'd worked for years was downsizing, and either she or the other senior person in her department was going to be let go.  The other person just happened to be the boss's nephew.  Add to that the fact that she was just barely managing to cover the bills and the mortgage payment was past due, and it was more than Stephanie could bear.  Tears began to slip from the corners of her eyes as she realized she had no idea what she was going to do.  It all seemed so pointless... so hopeless.

Just then Stephanie's cellphone signaled an incoming message.  Surprised that someone would text her this early in the morning, she picked up the phone to find the following message:

Stephanie... I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you. 

The ID showed the caller was "UNKNOWN".  Stephanie wondered if maybe her ex had gotten a new number and was having a change of heart.

Huh? Who is this? she texted back.

I am the one who loves you.

Yeah right, nobody loves me, not anymore. 

I have always loved you, Stephanie, and I always will.  I know what you're going through right now. 
 
Intrigued, Stephanie sat up in bed. 

What would you know about what I'm going through?  Nobody has a clue. 

I know about your husband leaving, and that you're afraid that you're going to lose your job.  I know you're having money problems, and car problems too.   More importantly, I know how sad you are, and that you're thinking about some pretty scary ways to end the pain you're feeling.

Stephanie was stunned.

Nobody knows that, I haven't told that to anybody.  You're scaring me now!  WHO ARE YOU?

Don't be afraid Stephanie, I am the one who knows everything, who sees all.  I am the one who created you.

You are my father?  That's not funny.  He died a long time ago.

I am the Father of all life, Stephanie, I am the one you call God. 

Stephanie stared at the screen in disbelief.  Was this someone's idea of a sick game?  But what if.... if God can do all things, could he really text her?  Would he?  She didn't know how to respond.  She held her breath and waited.

There is something important I want you to know, Stephanie.  I know that right now it feels like everything is falling apart in your life - your marriage, your job, your finances, even your car.  But there's a reason these things are happening, and it isn't all bad like it seems.

What reason?  How could there be anything good about any of this?  It's horrible!  I feel so lost and alone, and I don't know what I'm going to do. 

This was all too much.  Stephanie found herself sobbing.

Sometimes people can't see when changes are needed in their lives, Stephanie, when the place where they are is no longer good for them.  They get stuck in a pattern of life and stop growing.  When that happens I sometimes use life events to get them moving in a new direction, one where they will come closer to the light, closer to what I have created them to be.

So are you saying that these things are happening so that I will move, go somewhere else? 

I'm telling you that sometimes you have to close doors so that I can open new ones that will lead you to better places.   I can do that Stephanie, I can guide you on a journey that will lead you closer to me, and to more happiness and love than you have ever thought was possible.

I want to believe that, I really do... God.. but how do I know it's true?  Tell me what is going to happen. 

If I told you everything that I have planned for your life it would be too much for you to comprehend, but I can tell you that you will soon receive a job offer in a place you've often dreamed of living.  Take that offer Stephanie, it's the first step on  the journey.  The rest will all unfold in good time. 

OMG, Stephanie texted. Then she realized what she had just said and gasped, embarrassed. 

You mean I'm going to move to Denver, near the mountains that I love so much? 

:-)  God responded with a smile. 

Trust me, Stephanie.  I am with you every moment as you go through these changes.  It isn't going to be easy, but you don't need to be afraid.  Walk with me, come to me often with your prayers.  Take it step by step, and I will show you the way.

Thank you!  Thank you, God... I... I don't know what to say!

Your thankfulness is enough, Stephanie.  I love you more than you could imagine.  I created you with love, and I will love you always.  Nothing will ever change that.

Stephanie felt herself surrounded by an incredibly warmth, like she was being wrapped in love.  An amazing sense of peace filled the empty space in her heart.

One more thing, Stephanie... get up and go to work with a smile on your face.  The end of your time there is near, but the end is a new beginning.  I want you to know that you are going to be ok, much more than ok... because I love you.

With that the cellphone screen went blank.  Stephanie bounded out of bed and headed for the shower.
 
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This story was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are text and trail.
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22 comments:

  1. OK... I have the chills. This was such an awesome post.
    Love you J2S

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    1. Thank you Brenda!! This story evolved from a conversation I had regarding what it would be like if God texted. Love you too! :-)

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  2. I could hardly read fast enough wanting to know what was next!

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    1. Awesome, Ranci! It's a bit long and I hoped that readers wouldn't lose interest.

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  3. I am deeply moved by your story, Josie.
    I am on the verge of tears.

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    1. I am humbled by your comment, Romi, and pleased that the message moved you. Although we don't know of anyone who has received a text from God, I believe that those same messages are conveyed to us through His Word and his messengers in the forms of other people he sends into our lives. I preach the Gospel of hope, because my life has been a story not too different from this one. When life seems most hopeless, faith steps in and leads us in a new direction to amazing places... and in my case to Papa Bear! :-)

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  4. Josie, such a fab story... I have to say I am such a chicken at heart... Im thinking the whole time Im reading it what I would do in her shoes and how freaked out I would be! Not to mention ( ashamed to say it) what a doubting Thomas I would be... need to touch the wounds... I would be waiting for Denver like it was proof instead of trusting as I should!

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    1. I think we all have a little doubting Thomas is us, Zoe. Most certainly our inward reactions would be "Is this for real?" I know that I would be clinging to the hope that this was true, but like you, I'd eagerly be waiting to see that Denver offer. This is a very literal translation of God as most often defined in our culture, yet you and I know that God encompasses so much more. I am a believer that life is guided, or at least that opportunities are presented which will benefit our spiritual growth. We always have a choice to accept them or turn away, but I think there is a sense of knowing when we are on the path intended.

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  5. Wow! This gave me goose bumps. Certainly makes one think...what if? Very well done.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! As I wrote it out, (it kind of wrote itself) it gave me a lot to think about too. Yes, what if? I'm glad you liked it!

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  6. Wow. This story has me stunned.

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    1. The concept itself is stun-worthy, Mimi! What if God really did just talk to us in the same manner that our friends and family do. Some feel God does, though maybe not by phone text. But then again why not? I believe that God uses whatever means suit His purpose, and stranger things have been known to occur. Imagine what it would be like to receive such a message, any message directly to us from our Creator... WOW indeed!

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  7. What a stunningly beautiful story Josie. Full marks here!

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    1. Thank you Old Egg! I am honored that you find my story worthy of the attempt. I wanted to make it meaningful and beautiful, because I think the message itself is so important.

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  8. That's a great story! God might not send us text messages, but he will send us friends that will send us warm messages. Or he will send us warm messages. I wish I could text God!
    : )

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    1. Thank you Joseph! You re absolutely right, we can be the ones to encourage those who are losing hope! We "voice text" God in the form of our prayers! I know some people who write them in notebooks as well... and then go back to note later the answers they received!

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  9. fantastic story!!
    God sends us messages all the time - we just have to pay attention.

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    1. Thank you Rory! I absolutely agree with you. I could easily make a list of things God was telling me loud and clear... sometimes I listened, sometimes I didn't... and those times I lived to regret! :-)

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  10. Great idea for a story. Well done! I enjoyed reading it and thinking about how God does communicate with us and thinking that nothing is impossible. Nothing.

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    1. Lena! It's nice to see you dropping by! :-) I feel the same way, while we don't know personally of anyone who has received a text from God, that doesn't mean it hasn't happened, or that it couldn't! I believe God uses whatever means needed to reach us! A text like that would be pretty hard to ignore! I've received messages from people in the past that were so timely and needed that I have no doubt they were serving as God's messengers. Even books will speak to us like that from time to time! :-)

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  11. OK, know why I clicked on and read this? Because I saw the title in your archives list just by chance and noticed that it is nearly the same as the title from one of my posts this week. Know what's bizarre? I love this and I can't tell you how strangely appropriate this is for me right now. (And NO not at all about the Hub and a divorce - we are more than good.) But the idea that God sends us messages when we need it most? That I need one BIG TIME right now? That this is pretty much almost the same idea that I wrote about? Holy. Cow.

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    1. This really made me smile, Lisa! I think that God so often uses us, and our blogs and FB posts to connect with one another and share messages and reminders and such. I do so wish it was as simple as a text, but maybe if we are quiet and patient and listen to our hearts we'll hear the message there! Now I have to get over to your place and check out your post! :-)

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)