by Macy Johnson
“Do not be anxious about anything, but
by prayer and petition, with
present your requests to God.”
(Philippians 4:6 NIV)
swim with my grandchildren in the lake, I hurried to the outside shower and
turned it on. The pressure was low, but I continued to lather up my body in my
swimsuit and rinse off. When I turned off the shower, I noticed a stream of
water running down the length of our carport. I opened the door to the storage
room behind the shower and discovered an inch of water on the floor.
insurance agent recommended a home repair service nearby. I called and made an
appointment for the next Thursday afternoon. You can probably write the rest of
the story for me. Jeff and I cancelled our plans so we would be available for
the contractor. Mid-afternoon I called and left a message. He never came and
never returned my call.
morning I wanted to contact my insurance agent to complain about her
recommendation, but God told me to wait. Jeff simultaneously suggested, “Let’s
give this company the benefit of the doubt.” We waited several days before asking
someone else to help us.
meaning of THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is
“the state of accepting something or someone as honest or deserving of trust
even though there are doubts.”
I had my
doubts. I wanted to trust this company, but they left me high and dry. I’m so
sorry this is typical behavior. Only God knows what is going on in the heart
and mind of another person and calls me to pray for them.
I will try
to give others the benefit of the doubt as long as the Holy Spirit leads me to.
I hope you will, too!