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Emergency Numbers

Sometimes help comes from places that you least expect it. 

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A young teenage girl was having problems, and she just did not know what to do. Things were going wrong; she was making bad grades in school, and her parents and friends just did not understand her. Her life was miserable.

One night, she had all that she could take. She could not stand her life anymore. She was failing her classes. Her friends hated her, and she was distressed. She thought to herself, "If I died today..., no one would care. I just do not belong here; it does not matter how hard that I try. I do not belong. I ca not do anything right. I just as well as be dead. I am going to end it all. That is what I am going to do."

During her short life, she was told to call on God. "Call where?" she thought. "I just can not pick up the phone and dial operator assistance. Or, Can I?"

"It could not hurt." She wondered. If I die now, or I will die later; it would not be much difference. What could it hurt?" she thought.

The young girl picked up the phone and dialed 0. Usually she would always get a recording, but this time a woman answered. "Hello, this is God's operator; how may I direct your call?"

The young girl stuttered for a moment. "I....I....I am having problems with my life and I dont know where to turn..."

"What is wrong sweetie? Maybe, I can help you?" the woman replied.

"Im failing 7th grade, and I study real hard, but I do not know what to do anymore. I do not have any real friends, and all of those kids make fun of me... My parents had rather be out partying than taking care of me. I feel so alone, and I do not know what to do."

The woman in a calming voice said, "My name is Mary, and I think that I can help. Do you have a Bible that you can use?"

"Yes, I have a Bible, but I do not use it very much." She said sadly.

"That is OK. I want you to get some paper and pencil, and I am going to tell you where to look some things up in the Bible. It will make you feel better. I promise. Do you understand?" Mary asked.

"Yes, there are some paper and a pen beside the phone. What do you want me to write down?" The girl asked.

"This is what I want you to write:

When I say John 3:16, this is what I mean. John is like a smaller book in the Bible. The number 3 means the chapter in John and 16 is the verse that can be found in chapter. Do you understand my dear?"

"Yes," answered the girl.

"OK, here we go."

'When you are in sorrow, call John 14.

When you have sinned, call Psalms 51

When you worry, call Matthew 6:19-34

When you are in danger, call Psalm 92

When God seems far away, call Psalm 139

When your faith needs stirring, call Hebrews 11

When you are lonely and fearful, call Psalm 23

When you are bitter, call 1 Corinthians. 13

For idea of Christianity call, 1 Corinthians. 5:15-19

When you feel down and out, call Romans 8:31-39

When the world seems bigger than you, call Psalm 90

When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, call Psalm 67

When you want courage, call Joshua 1

If you are depressed, call Psalm 27

If your pocketbook is empty, call Psalm 37

If you are losing confidence, call 1 Corinthians 13

These emergency numbers maybe called direct.

No operator assistance is necessary.

All lines are opened to Heaven 24 hours a day and 7 days a week just use your Bible and your faith in God.

Feed your faith, and doubt will starve to death.

Love is there no matter where you live. God loves you."

"Did you get all of that Honey?" Mary asked.

"Yes, I did. Thanks, you went slow enough for me to keep up. You know what? I feel better now. I really do feel better. Thank you Mary! By the way, my name is Julie."

"Julie, may I read a scripture to you?"

"Yes" she answered.

"John 14:27 Peace, I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Mary said.

"Julie, now when we hang up I want you to go and read your Bible and if you have any question please call this phone number 463-568-3763. If you forget just call God loves me, and I will be there." said Mary.

"Thank you Mary! I feel so much better. It is like a weight that has been lifted off of my chest." Julie's voice was much clearer than it has been in a long time. "Goodbye, Mary."

"Goodbye my child, remember that God loves you, and so do I." Mary answered.

Julie hung up the phone and started reading her Bible. Some of the things she understood, but some she did not. She thought that she would ask someone later. That night she fell asleep with a clearer conscious and with the Bible in her hands.

The next day, the preacher, from the little church down the street, stopped by to say hello and to invited Julie and her parents to church. This time Julie's parents said, Yes."

The next day, Julie's whole family went to church. The sermon was on God's love. Julie felt so much better. Everyone talked to them and said that they were so happy to have them at church. Julie had never had so many hugs in her life. She saw some of her classmates at church, and some even asked if they could do homework together. Julie was smiling from ear to ear because she was so happy.

As the preacher met them at the back door shaking their hands. He said, "I hope that you will come back. Our door is always open for you. We do Bible study on Wednesday nights. I hope you can join us. Oh, just wear the clothes that you wear to your jobs and to school. We arent fancy around here. We just love the Lord.

And every morning say to yourselves that God loves me. It is a special message to us all." Then he smiled and winked at Julie.

It was a special message at that. Unknown to Julie, but after her phone call Friday night. Mary did some calling of her own. She found a church close to Julie's house and called the preacher even though it was close to midnight when she got off the phone to Julie. Mary didn't care if she had to wake the whole town. She wanted to make sure that someone would help Julie. She needed help, and she needed it now!

Mary usually did not answer the phone with "Hello, this is God's operator", but something just told her to say that when she got the call. Mary was thankful that she did. Mary saved Julie's life that night.

There is no telling what we can do if we only answer the call when God rings. No matter how hard your life is, just remember to say to yourself each day, that God loves me. And, God does love you. May God bless all who reads this special story.

 Cathey McNabb

                                  7/23/03

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