Faith Under Fire by LaJoyce Brookshire

Faith Under Fire by LaJoyce Brookshire

Author:LaJoyce Brookshire
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing

CHAPTER SIX

The Realization of the Truth

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

—JOHN 8:32

My little brother Stevie, my nephew Cory, and I hit the malls early and stayed there all day. I was not at all comfortable. It was very hard for me to spend money like that. There was no joy in it, but it was definitely a fever that we all got caught up in. When I ran out of ideas for things to buy, I’d just walk into a store and ask for a few hundred dollars’ worth of gift certificates. I couldn’t believe I didn’t really know what to buy.

Stevie got stuff to fix up the basement. That would be one thing Steven would love when he got home. When his sisters came, they were presented with very lovely things as well as gift certificates. As promised, Fabia was also taken shopping.

A very interesting thing happened on the second day of the shopping spree: the number twenty-four kept appearing everywhere. It was twenty-four past the hour every time I looked. The counter on the tape player would be on twenty-four. The change I had to pay at the store would be twenty-four cents. The change I would receive would be twenty-four cents. That number had always been significant for me because it is the date of my birthday. At first I thought that’s all it was—just a number I had an affinity toward because I was born on the twenty-fourth. And so I kept seeing it, perhaps because I was looking for it.

But I remembered a preacher somewhere saying that if you keep seeing a number, it doesn’t mean for you to run out and play that number. It means for you to look up that psalm, because there is a message for you. I made a mental note to read Psalm 24 when I got home.

We visited Steven, who was sleeping soundly by the time we got to the hospital, and I woke him to let him know I was there. The first thing he wanted to know was, did I go shopping? I nodded.

“Good,” he said, turning his head. “Go home, Rabbit, and get some sleep.”

I followed his instruction; I was exhausted from all of that shopping.

I told my mother and Bo Daddy that I was going to take a bath and go to sleep. Just as I crawled into the bed and was about to turn off the TV, the doctor called to say I needed to come back to the hospital right away to sign papers for Steven to get a blood transfusion or he wouldn’t make it through the night.

“I’m on my way,” I said. “Lord, what is all of this?”

Just as I was going to turn off the TV to get dressed, I hit the Time button on the remote instead. It read 10:24! That reminded me to read Psalm 24. I grabbed my Bible—it would only take a minute:

The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.



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