dropleaf table

“John 10:39 “Therefore, they sought again to take him; but he escaped out of their hand…” John also records in 7:30 that Jesus “hid himself…going through the midst of them.” How did he do that? Did he pull a Houdini on them? Did he make himself invisible?

I don’t know, but the scripture made me remember another Jesus moment in my life. Let me tell you.

Carl and Vicky lived in a mobile home when their three children were small. They were very appreciative of their place, but Carl said it would be nice to have a drop leaf table so they would have more room for the high chair or something like that. Anyway I made mental note to find a drop leaf table for them.

I went to an auction and sure enough there was the perfect table for them sitting on top of furniture pile about half way down the row of items to be auctioned. I would have to wait quite a while for it so that’s what I did. I saw them move the table down and put it in a place about two or three items before being sold. I was diligently waiting.

After a bit, I noticed there was no table! I asked the lady by me if she had seen the table. She said that she had and they had just sold it! I couldn’t believe how I had waited and watched, and then missed it!

So I had no table to take the next time I went to visit. They didn’t know I had planned to get one so it was no disappointment to them. We went inside and Carl said, “Look at the table Mrs. (some church member) got for us.” Now if I had bought the table at the auction I would have been out the money, it would have been hard for me to deliver to their place, and they didn’t need two!

I don’t know whether I was distracted, momentarily “blinded,” or what else might have happened. But I do know it “slipped out of my grasp” leaving me with this delightful tale to tell.


This incident regarding the table happened a long time ago – 35 years maybe.  I might have written about it before but I can’t find it: it’s worth telling again anyway.  😀

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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. I love how God works things out!…even a drop leaf table.

    • oneta hayes says:

      He is amazing. I think he gets a special satisfaction from working with something that doesn’t have the choice to disobey him! Men/women can be such obstinate creatures. 😀

  2. Nassima says:

    Interesting verses Oneta, I have looked into the internet and was reading number 6 of same Chapter, and it says: 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
    30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
    Interestingly, the word Manna is in the Quran too, Chapter 20 verse 80: ( 80 ) O Children of Israel, We delivered you from your enemy, and We made an appointment with you at the right side of the mount, and We sent down to you “manna and quails”) it is written in Arabic : المن و السلوى means Manna and quails prenounced as: “al Manna was’salwa”
    I believe that the Bible has a lot of contradictions and alterations in it, given that the very first scriptures have been destroyed by the Empire Romans, besides the continuing translations and various versions, but still there’s very few verses that speek the truth in it , when comparing it to the Holy Quran verses. Keep it up Oneta! I enjoyed reading your post ^_^

    • Faye says:

      Wonderful story. I can honestly say the Works and Ways of God revealed only through the Saviour Son are MARTVELLOUS. Thank you!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Nassima, I appreciate you reading my blogs and often leaving likes for me. I also visit your blog and enjoy what I consider a friendship with you. The purpose of my blog is to cultivate friendships, to entertain, and to promote what I think it the most helpful way of life for this life and for life everlasting. That way I believe is Christianity and its support by the Holy Bible. That the Bible has “very few verses that speek the truth” I contest. But my purpose is not to be argumentative. I write few blogs that are more than 400-500 words. There are already many books regarding the history of the Bible, I don’t wish to use my blog for that purpose. Thanks for visiting me and leaving comments for me. You are right that there are various translations of the Bible. I’m not sure which I used in the quotes above. If I am doing serious Bible study, I use the King James Version because of its long life, but I do find some other versions easier to read. If there seems to be a conflict, I choose KJV. I know nothing about the history, translations, or versions of the Quran.

      • Nassima says:

        Good morning Oneta ❤ I hope my comment didn't get you upset or so, because what I was trying to say is that there's one truth, and one way of this life and for the hereafter, which is worshiping the Almighty God, the One and Only God, the Father (as in the Bible) Allah, that's one truth I wanted to share with you my friend ^_^ The Quran is the words of Allah, God the Almighty, the Father, it is the same God who has sent Abraham, David, Salmon, Josef, Ishaak and Jesus and Muhammed (peace be upon them all), Allah the Almighty says in the Quran: (4: 82 ) " Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction." so basically God offers us a way to find out if this holy book is from a Divine source or a man-made book, Oneta here's a link to a translated version of the Quran, with audio translation too, http://quran.ksu.edu.sa/index.php?l=en#aya=3_3&m=tajweed&qaree=en&trans=en_sh
        Thanks again for allowing me to share with you this precious conversation!
        peace on you my friend ^_^

        • oneta hayes says:

          Nassima, I’m thankful for your response. I do not want to stop our conversation, but I guess I sort of set some limits – at least I intended to. I am very much interested in your life and your talents, but I have no interest in arguing spiritual matters with you. Thanks for reading my blogs. Most of them are not very deep but I hope all show a zest for living with Jesus Christ as my Redeemer, God as my Father, and the Holy Spirit as my Guide and Comforter. I did already see that you think that last statement is a lie. I saw your blog. I believe in the Trinity; you don’t. This is not the place for an argument. Hopefully we can disagree peacefully.

          • Nassima says:

            I respect your belief Oneta, and I believe in Jesus Christ but not as the creator of the heavens and Earth but rather as a prophet and messenger from God☺ ! And of course, we can disagree peacefully 🍀 I totally understand , I feel I have something in my heart that I needed to say and I did, now whether you agree or not it is up to your heart Oneta❤ I will keep sharing my art and hope you’ll keep visiting my blog💐

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