“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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