Welcome Friends and New Subscribers! If you missed D.I. Telbat’s Chapter 1 of Short Story “Get Ready,” you can click the link to read it now. Enjoy, “Get Ready Chap2” . . .
by D.I. Telbat
The night Syd left Wyoming, Jill Baxter prayed, then cried herself to sleep—not in self-pity, but in sorrow for Syd Garson. God was with him, but no one else was. Even his own sister, Jill’s old friend, living somewhere in California, hadn’t flown out to see her brave brother off. He could die in Libya, and no one seemed to care!
Jill Baxter was shocked to realize that she’d never before prayed for God’s will in her life. She committed to follow His leading. The path to become a veterinarian had been very natural—she was the only child of a ranching family, and she loved horses. Simple. But now she prayed for God’s will—and the strength to chase after it.
The next day, she sat in her mobile office at a farm outside Casper and tapped a pen on her knee. She hadn’t received an answer from God about her life calling, but she reasoned that she’d only just begun to pray in earnest—and to listen for His response. Surely, an answer was forthcoming.
On the tablet before her, she made a list of all the things she knew Syd had done to get ready to answer God’s call. He hadn’t been a great athlete, but he was a phenomenal outdoorsman, spending time hunting and fishing with his father. She knew Syd hadn’t joined the local boy’s survivalist group, but she proudly remembered that as a teen, he’d taught the Christian outreach club. In junior college, Syd had taken electronics, horticulture, and nutrition. It had seemed an odd variety, and she recalled young men at church teasing him about not knowing what to do with his life.
But now that Jill thought about it, Syd must’ve known even then what God was calling him toward. No one else would take such a variety of college classes, leading seemingly nowhere. And when it came to Bible study, Jill had sat in the front row every third Sunday when Syd taught the adult lesson on rotation.
Jill signed up for night classes at the community college that week. Her first class was nursing, figuring she could use it in the field at Syd’s side. Her vet knowledge was remarkably helpful as she studied human anatomy and biology in the evenings, and delivered foals in the daytime.
Without telling her family why, she stopped attending their church and began attending other Bible-believing fellowships, searching for answers. She met with youth pastors and longtime preachers to hear their viewpoints about God’s call upon a person’s life.
After receiving her nurse’s assistant certificate, she branched out to study world history, then took foreign civics classes through the Internet. She studied the Bible feverishly and continued to pray morning and night for God’s direction, not just for a blessing on what she wanted to do.
One night, two years after Syd had left, Jill realized with some humor that she’d flipped her life upside down for God because of a man who might never return to America. He may very well have died while she applied herself to getting ready, as he’d challenged her to do so long ago. And he hadn’t written once!
As she’d waited for God to tell her His calling for her, she realized He’d been telling her all along. It was all very clear suddenly. The thing she was being called to do for God was the very thing she was ready to do—serve Him!
End of Get Ready Chap2
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