"Ooohhh! She is a piece of work!" Collette seethed as she walked toward Alicia.
"Who is?" Alicia asked, looking back the way Collette had come.
"My boss!" exclaimed Collette. "She manages to make it look like I am the one making the mistakes, when she is the one responsible for them. Somehow," Collette continued incredulously, "she words her comments so that any reply I make, either sounds guilty, petty, or insubordinate. If I say nothing, it appears that I'm agreeing with her!"
"Since it upsets you so, Collette, why do you let her get away with that?" Alicia queried.
Collette moaned, "I have a big stack of bills to pay, and I live from payday to payday."
Alicia tapped her chin, questioning Collette, "Have you considered consulting an expert?"
"An expert? On conniving bosses?" huffed Collette.
Alicia smiled, "A life expert. I just happen to know one. He's a personal friend of mine."
"I'd like to meet someone who could turn the tables on her," remarked Collette.
"He has turned a few tables, but mostly lets the guilty turn the tables on themselves. CJ is an expert in simple techniques," Alicia stated.
"This isn't simple," exclaimed Collette, "it's complicated!"
"I know it seems complicated, but it's only as complicated as you make it," smiled Alicia gently.
"How does he make someone turn the tables on themselves?" Collette questioned.
"He is an expert in many things, the law, being one of them." Alicia stated.
"So, he's a lawyer?" Collette looked at Alicia with her right eye squinched and her left brow arched.
Alicia chuckled at Collette's comical look.
"Once," Alicia began, "a group of men who considered themselves to be excellent, upstanding, law-abiding citizens, brought a woman to CJ to get his expert advice. Although they didn't really like CJ, he was a favorite among the people, and they did this in front of many, trying to make themselves look good."
"The men accused her of breaking the law," Alicia elaborated, "and the woman didn't deny it. But CJ could see she really was contrite. So, he turned to the men, and with quiet authority, told them, whichever of them had never done wrong, should go ahead and begin carrying out the prescribed punishment."
"It took a few minutes for it to sink in, but then each one of the men realized, not one of them were completely innocent of any wrong doing." Alicia pause for a moment, then continued, "They knew they would be lying if they continued, thus breaking one of the very laws they were trying to enforce. Quietly, each one of the men walked away. CJ looked up and asked the woman if she had any accusers..."
"Hey," Collette interrupted, "that story sounds vaguely familiar. It sounds like a story I read in the Bible. Who did you say your friend was?" asked Collette.
"CJ, Christ Jesus, and yes, that is my paraphrased version of the adulterous woman story," replied Alicia.
"You think I should consult with Jesus on this," Collette asked thoughtfully, "instead of handling it myself?"
"What do you think?" Alicia giggled as she gently elbowed Collette in the ribs, "How's that 'handling it yourself' thing going?"
"So... how did it go?" Alicia asked as she met Collette outside the building.
"I prayed about it; consulted the Expert." Collette smiled.
"Excellent, then what happened?" Alicia asked, smiling brightly.
"Well, my boss started the same old thing." replied Collette.
"What did you say?" Alicia prompted.
"I just asked if she had checked the login against the documentation." Collette stated. "She seemed to think that would certainly prove it."
"And...?" Alicia held her breath expectantly.
"And..., it was her personal login, and..., I was out to lunch at the time!" Collette whispered excitedly.
"So, what did she do? asked Alicia.
"She fired me!" exclaimed Collette.
"Oh, no, she didn't?" Alicia cried. "I'm so sorry."
"Oh, yes, she did!" Collette replied, "But don't be sorry, I feel free, more free than I have in a long time. I've prayed about it and I have peace."
"But what are you going to do now?" Alicia asked quietly.
"One thing I plan to do, is keep in better touch with CJ," laughed Collette. "He reminded me today of a passage in Philippians."
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 KJV)
"Now, that," Alicia clapped, "is expert advice!"
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