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The sermon I was working on was simply marvelous. I can never remember being in greater sermonic form. Everything just seemed to flow. The ideas opened up right before my eyes, which truly delighted me.
I could not wait to preach this sermon come Sunday morning. I was quite sure my congregation would be delighted with this masterpiece.
When ideas slowed in sermon preparation, I simply jumped over to weekly column and began working on it. Like sermon, column was going fantastic. I couldn't believe roll I was on at time.
There are times when you know what you're doing is good. Then there are times when you know what you're doing is great. I had never had a column come together so smoothly and quickly as this one. My readers will be awed with such eloquence.
When I was stuck on my column, I switched over to magazine article I was writing. In a few moments, I was completely emerged in writing article. Like sermon and column before it, article unfolded before me like a rose in June. I luxuriated in aroma of greatness.
By this time, I was feeling pretty good about myself. This should have been a flashing red light for me. In my defense, I was assuming new year brought new rules for me.
I've given it an awful lot of thought; I do not know what happened next.
But, evidently, I pressed a button I should not have pressed. In next second, my computer shut off completely. For several minutes, I just stared, dumbfounded, at my blank computer screen — one blank to another.
When I came to my senses, I restarted my computer. No matter how diligently I searched, those three files were nowhere to be found. The question plaguing my tortured mind was, do files that are not saved go to hell? They surely were not on my computer.
The thing bothering me most was, I could not remember details of my sermon, my column, or terrific article I was writing. It was as if my magnificent trio did not exist.
In pondering my quandary, a scripture verse came to mind. "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 KJV.)
No matter how difficult my life seems, Jesus is "escape key" that enables me to endure.
Rev. James L. Snyder is an award winning author and popular columnist living in Ocala, FL with his wife Martha.