Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #50. Today we are reading chapter 50 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:22
Families were being blessed at the church. Monica was well into her second year having clepped a number of classes. Stacy returned home at Easter. Her parents were thrilled to have her back and insisted that she not go back to Florida and to attend TCU. They vowed to be more sober-minded and watchful, and to cease being selfish. Bro. Montague was enjoying his new job at the church. He was looking forward to going into business for himself on the side. Jonathan graduated, was pursuing his M.Div online and was working part time at a computer firm doing graphic design. He missed not seeing Monica almost daily. Sis. Richardson was with child and close to delivering. Pastor Richardson was beside himself with excitement, but he always had his spiritual antenna up for the devil who was relentless in his efforts to render all ineffective in their service to God.
It was 1:30 a.m. when the ambulance pulled up into the Richardson’s driveway. Sis. Richardson who was close to her delivery date was having complications. The pregnancy had gone well under close supervision from her doctor and she was counting down the days. She ate and had gone to bed feeling a little tired, but other than that, all was well. She awakened, feeling unusually hot and as though she was lying in a pool of warm water. She was sweating profusely and could hardly lift up from the bed. She felt an unusual pressure in her stomach and could barely talk to the doctor about it.“Call the ambulance right away,” Dr. Keaton insisted against Pastor Richardson’s insistence on taking her in himself. “I’ll meet you at the emergency room,” Pastor Richardson had said.“No, the EMTs can better monitor her on their way here.” After dressing with some help from her husband, she laid down on the couch awaiting the ambulance. They had just finished praying when the EMT banged on the door. Pastor followed as closely as he could. On the way, he called Bro. Reynolds to give him an update and to make arrangements with him for Sunday services.
Pastor Richardson thanked God he had a faithful crew he could depend on in times like these. He remembered the good feeling he had when Sis. Richardson had shared with him the news of her pregnancy and how the church family had rejoiced with them. They had walked them through it all—maybe spoiled them a little. How could anything go wrong so close to the delivery date? The doctor had explained everything to them including the high risk of getting pregnant with a first baby this late in life. But they had simply trusted God through it all.
Dear God, You answered our prayers and blessed Wanda to be with child. She was doing so well and we thank You for that. I don’t know what the situation is, but Lord, You do and I place my trust in You.
Pastor Richardson said ‘Amen’ as he pulled into the hospital emergency parking lot. Slowing down, he was sure he saw the EMTs pushing Sis. Richardson through the doors used by hospital workers. He was certain he saw what looked like an IV bag being held up by one of the EMTs. Hurrying through the double doors, he checked in at the receptionist desk where he was directed to the 4th floor. He had to wait for about twenty minutes before he was summoned to the room where he was given a briefing by Dr. Keaton.
“Pastor Richardson, it’s good to see you again. I’ll get to the point. Your wife’s blood pressure shot up unexpectedly. It’s still not quite back to normal. We have to keep her here for a couple days and monitor her closely. The baby was affected, but right now all seems well. You can visit with her, but do not take long and try not to let her talk a lot.”
The doctor exited and closed the door softly behind him.
“Wanda,” said Pastor Richardson kissing her on the forehead.
“I’m awake.” Sis. Richardson opened her eyes. “Just thanking God for having us to make it here safely.”
Patting her stomach, he asked, “How’s the little one doing?”
“Dr. Keaton explained everything. You’re on bedrest. Why didn’t you tell me you weren’t feeling well? You could have spent all day resting.”
“I was doing fine. Maybe a little tired, but nothing to worry about.” It was just like her to be always doing something.
“Seems like a lot to worry about now,” Pastor cut in.
“We don’t worry, remember? We cast all our cares upon Him,” said Sis. Richardson with a smile.
“You just be quiet and let me do the preaching. Let’s pray and after the amen you have no more talking to do. You just go right to sleep.” Sis. Richardson just had to say one more thing after the Amen. “You don’t have to stay here. Go on home. I’m in good hands. Plus you have to preach tomorrow.”
“I thought I told you not to say anything. I guess you won’t go to sleep as long as I am here so I’ll go on out. Bro. Reynolds has it all under control. I called him on the way over here.” Kissing her goodbye, he exited the room.
Pastor Richardson strolled around the hospital stopping by the nursery first. His heart went out to the newborns, so tiny and so helpless. Dear God, I place our new baby in Your hands and I place my wife in Your hands. He continued his stroll around the hospital and ended up in one of the waiting rooms where he saw a distraught looking father and son. Here is the perfect opportunity to minister to some hurting soul, he thought to himself as he was always looking for every open door to share Jesus with others. After introducing himself, he chatted with them for a while. The man’s wife had been in a car accident and was in critical condition. They had been waiting for about thirty minutes as she was immediately wheeled into the operating room. She had lost a lot of blood. Pastor shared some Bible verses with them and prayed with them.
“You know, Pastor, I stopped going to church and stopped praying some months back. My wife kept on going to church and she would pray with my son, encouraging me to do the same. But I just turned my back on God. God certainly has my attention now, and I believe He had you to come by. Thank you, Pastor. I feel so much better.”
Pastor Richardson left one of the church’s tracts with him. “I’ll definitely stop by,” he said. “As soon as I can break away from my wife.”
“I’ll be looking for you.” Pastor Richardson ended up in the coffee shop which for that time of the morning—2:30 on a Sunday—had quite a number of people. He passed out ten tracts before settling down with a newspaper and a cup of coffee. He returned to Sis. Richardson’s room to find her sound asleep. He sat beside her bed for about an hour, praying over her before heading on home to get some sleep.
He turned up at the church just before Bro. Reynolds began to preach. He preached a powerful message too. After the message, Bro. Reynolds acknowledged him by asking him to come up front.
“I decided to sneak away from Sis. Richardson, and sneak in here. I am pleased to see everything going well and orderly. I had to rush Sis. Richardson to the emergency room early this morning. Her blood pressure was a little high. It’s under control now. They are keeping her in on bedrest for a couple days. She’s on complete bedrest, so you ladies let her be. Just pray for her. I’m going to grab a bite to eat and head on back there.”
No one noticed a young lady had stuck her head through the main door leading to the auditorium, took a quick survey, and left closing the door softly. This same young lady had randomly placed a sealed envelope on the windshield wipers of about thirty cars in the parking lot. She hung around in her car until people began to file out the church building. No one paid the car any attention. To them, she was just another worshipper on her way home.
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.