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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: On the Telephone (11/18/10)

TITLE: That Was One Power-Packed Phone Call
By Lollie Hofer


The year was 1975. Sam Peters* had a damaged heart and had been in failing health for quite some time. To complicate matters, Sam was severely depressed as a result of losing his wife of 65 years to cancer.

Bill Peters*, Sam's brother, was worried about his elder brother. On one particular morning, Bill couldn't shake the need to call Sam. Funny thing, Sam got an urge to call Bill too. Picking up his rotary phone, Sam heard someone on the other end. It puzzled him since he hadn't dialed any numbers nor had his phone rang.

"Hello? Who is this?" Sam asked. "Hello? Is anyone there?"

"Uhm, yeah. Who's this?" a male voice answered on the other end of the phone.

"This is Sam Peters," he answered.

"Sam? Is that you?" his brother Bill asked. "How can it be you? I haven't even dialed the phone yet."

"Well, strange as it sounds," Sam replied, "I didn't dial my phone either.

True story, folks. I knew the brothers and they were godly men full of integrity. Both brothers insisted they didn't dial their phones.

Sam wondered about the odds of something like that happening. Out of curiosity, he called the telephone company to see how often this happened. "Ma Bell", which was the nationwide telephone company at the time, surprised him with her answer. She told him it was impossible, it didn't happen. The higher-ups told him one of the brothers was lying…someone had dialed the other's number.

Rotary phones are cumbersome. Dialing a rotary phone goes something like this…dial '8'…click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click…dial '9'…click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click…dial '6'…click, click, click, click, click, click…well, you get the point. One of the gentlemen would have remembered dialing the other's phone number.

What's my point in telling this story? Why is it an important story to tell? To be honest, I believe it was a miracle. So did Bill. So did Sam. The best part of the story is it built up Sam's faith. The incident lifted him from the depths of despair and gave him enough life to kick around for another six years.

Sam's take on it was simple.

"To me," he would share with anyone who would listen, "God was saying, 'Hey Sam, I've got your number. I know your address. I know your name. I know your beginning from your end. And I know what life is throwing at you between the two. You may be down for awhile, but you're not out'."

Then he would take the opportunity to share God's love with those listening. A lot of people were saved during those last six years of Sam's life.

May I get personal with you? Do you need a faith-lift today? Is this thing called 'life' tough for you right now? Are you depressed? Do you feel hopeless? May I give you some of Sam's simple wisdom?

The truth is this…God's got YOUR number. He knows YOUR address. He most certainly knows YOUR name. He knows YOUR beginning from YOUR end. And He knows what life is throwing at YOU between the two. YOU may be down for awhile, but YOU'RE not out.

I especially like that last line because I believe it is based on truth from God's Word. Here's an encouraging scripture from Isaiah 43:2…**

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you."

This was written as a promise to Israel for when they were to return from captivity. I hope you don't mind but sometimes I "borrow" some of the Old Testament promises for myself. This is one of my favorites. God didn't promise we wouldn't face trials and tribulations. He did promise we wouldn't have to go through those trials and tribulations alone.

A New Testament scripture which comes to mind is 2 Corinthians 12:9…**

"And he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

This story isn't about happy-ever-after endings. It's about believing God is faithfully holding me up, even in the worst of times. It's about knowing in my weakness, He is strong.

There was a lot of power packed into that one phone call.

*Names changed.

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Virgil Youngblood 11/28/10
I enjoyed this on topic testimony and devotional thoughts. Good writing.
Sunny Loomis 11/29/10
Well done with this story. God is able to do anything. Thank you.
Verna Mull 11/30/10
Tremendous impact! I believe in Miracles. God bless you for writing it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/01/10
This is a beautiful devotion. You spoke directly to my heart. I don't know if any other people needed to hear that message like I did but I thank you for following God's instruction to write it. Just as I felt myself feeling useless and unworthy again I read your devotion. I do disagree about one part-- the part where you said it didn't have a happy ending. Well that fact that God loves me enough to send you to intervene at exactly the right time seems like a very happy ending indeed! God bless you and keep writing!
Carol Penhorwood 12/01/10
Fascinating. I feel God is fully capable of doing something like that for our encouragement.

(I've phoned someone and they've picked up before it "rang in". In fact, that's happened more than once, but your story is a bit more involved.)
Colin Swann12/01/10
Great story for me, seeing that I believe in the supernatural. Really like your interesting and uncomplicated writing. Thanks!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/02/10
Congratulations on your EC! You did a great job!
stanley Bednarz12/02/10
Congratulation and well deserved. Stan
Noel Mitaxa 12/02/10
Congratulations on your well-deserved placing.
Carol Penhorwood 12/02/10
Congratulations on a well deserved win!
Mona Purvis12/03/10
Lollie, I believe in miracles. Love this story/devotional, love the two brothers and their faith. Most of all I love the fact that God timed it so I could read this today...just the right timing for me. I really needed this today.
Congrats on your win!
Beth LaBuff 12/03/10
ah.. I love this uplifting story. Super congratulations, Lollie, on your Editor's Choice award!
James Heath12/08/10
Good timely story.