The Black Thing

In the year of 1976 my father in-law was laid to rest in the Maryborough Cemetery. After a week in Maryborough we planned our long trip back home out west. Before heading west I thought of going out to the cemetery to say my goodbyes to my late father in-law. As I was scooting down Walker Street drawing near the bridge and the last row of houses the steering wheel of my car turned left! Slamming the brakes on I found myself half way into a garage and driveway. A man looking like the undertaker came out smiling, rubbing his hands with a look of “Ah-hum, I’ve got a big fish here.” Making a quick assessment of my surroundings I notice a sign above the garage “Gospel Books!” My mind was reeling and thinking what do I want a “Gospel Books” store for? The undertaker smiled as he asked, “What sort of book are you looking for?” I tried to sound cool, calm and collected as I responded. I asked for a small Bible which I could put in my bag. The undertaker had one in his thin, bony hands. After buying the shiny, black Bible and throwing it on the front seat I set off to say my goodbyes to my late father in-law. While I was at the cemetery I was still wondering what on earth had just happened. I threw the shiny, black Bible into the glove box and never gave it another thought.
After arriving home out west what do I see resting beside the phone? It was the “black thing.” So I put the thing in the odds drawer in the kitchen. Later that evening when I was ready to crash for the night, the thing was on my bedside table! Now I was getting peeved and had a go at the kids for being smart. They just looked at me with amazement and faces that said, “Yep, mum’s lost the plot.” That black thing was an answer to the prayer of my parents. They had been praying for their daughter to come back from a dead end road. Two weeks later I attended a home fellowship service but that’s another story.

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) 

pray without ceasing,