Welcome Reader Friends! Today, we have another of David Telbat’s custom Last Stand Chronicle short stories, “Follow the Call,” featuring a favorite Christian music group, BarlowGirl. Enjoy!
Follow the Call
By D.I. Telbat
Stacy Ingram hummed a BarlowGirl tune as she reached for the used car advertisement pinned to the bulletin board. Suddenly, her eye strayed to another brochure. It read, “Become a Bible Smuggler!” Was this the answer for direction that Stacy had been praying about?
Still, her hand hovered near the car advertisement. Her car was running fine at the moment, but she wanted an upgrade—something modern, something with shocks! But becoming a Bible smuggler . . . ?
Right away, Stacy tried to dismiss the idea of becoming an overseas servant for Christ. Certainly her prayers for guidance wouldn’t lead to endangering her life! God never allowed His people to risk their lives for Him . . . did He?
As quickly as Stacy dismissed this laughable thought, a list of excuses flooded into her mind. She spoke no foreign language, she had no passport, she wasn’t even very brave. And that smuggling business was for men, not for young women!
A warm flush crawled up Stacy’s neck, a warmth that she knew was shame. All those doubts and excuses meant nothing to God. He needed workers. What was a little danger to the Sovereign Creator? And as for the language barrier—the Bibles were already in the designated languages.
And yet, Stacy’s hand remained near the car ad. That car would sure be nice—no more breaking down or leaky fluid spots in the garage; no more squeaky brakes or scratchy windshield wipers.
The BarlowGirl song that Stacy had been humming—she was trying to remember the lyrics. Uh-oh. Something about . . . embracing the call of God with passion . . .
Without a doubt, Stacy knew God was speaking to her through the gospel song. It was an undeniable message—but one she had a choice to deny.
Laughing aloud, Stacy dropped her hand to her side and stepped in front of the Bible smuggling brochure. With a sigh of resignation, she quickly realized that she wouldn’t need a new car where she was going now, anyway—Laos, Vietnam, and China.
People wouldn’t understand, Stacy considered as she wrote down the information from the brochure. Her parents would frown, saying she wasn’t being responsible. Her friends would scoff as they planned their next outing to the lake.
But not everyone would be disappointed, and Stacy chose to focus on those who would be supportive. God had convicted her to step out for Him in faith. This was for Him and those who sought Him—the believers in Southeast Asia that she was about to meet!
The three sisters that made up BarlowGirl would certainly approve of what Stacy was about to do. After all, their words had inspired her to action—to follow His call.
Check out these links if you’d like to make a trip to deliver Bibles to believers in closed countries with Vision Beyond Borders, or meet Persecuted Christians with Open Doors, or volunteer for short or long term opportunities with Voice of the Martyrs.
COMING UP: Join us next time for David’s Author Reflection titled “Trusting God through the Darkness,” and for the following post, we have David’s short custom Last Stand Chronicle “Washed Away,” featuring singer Francesca Battistelli.