Timothy is a Christian who enjoys creating visual art and writing. He has a B.S. in Psychology.
Jeannie got down on her knees. She closed her eyes and prayed about many things. The Angel bell rang again. Somewhere not far away Fred smiled. He knew it was time to complete his mission.
Jeannie got up the next morning. She had the day off but planned to just hang around her apartment for the day. She made a cup of coffee and sat down to relax when a thought popped into her head. She remembered what the customer… what was his name...oh yeah Fred had said to her…”If your ever in Seaside.” “Hey why not,” She thought. “Seaside wasn’t far.”
She quickly ate breakfast, showered and got ready to go. An hour later she pulled into a parking lot in Seaside. She sat in her car for a moment. “What am I doing here?” She said out loud to herself. “Some guy I don’t know invites me down here and I jump in my car...still there’s the fact the guy seemed rather nice.”
“Oh what the hey,” She said and got out of the car. She crossed the street and went up the steps to the boardwalk.”Now to find the donut shop.”
Some woman walking by looked at her, “What?”
Jeannie was sure her face was red. She hadn’t realized she’d spoken out loud. “Nothing...just talking to myself.”
The lady shrugged her shoulders and walked away.
Jeannie turned and walked in the direction of the new carousel house. She hadn’t walked these boards in quite a few years. It had changed a lot due to fires and hurricanes. She breathed in the fresh salt air. The beach was her favorite place.
She was unaware a few steps behind her walked Fred, though no one including her could see him. He smiled. God’s plan of restoration was coming together.
Jeannie walked from one end of the boards to the other. She spied no donut shop. She turned to go back to her car when she saw a store tucked back in an alcove which had a sign on it which declared “The best donuts in Seaside.” She turned and strolled across the boards.
As she entered the store the sweet aroma of the donuts assailed her nostrils. She was more of a bagel person herself. She walked up to counter. The man behind the counter turned. “Hi, can I help you?”
Jeannie smiled. “Yes, I was looking for Fred.”
“Sorry, he’s not here right now. He’s on his lunch break. He’ll be back in about an hour or so.”
Jeannie stood there for a second trying to decide what to do
Shawn wrinkled his brow. “I haven’t been called that in several years. Do I know you?”
“Thank you,” She said as she turned to go. A man coming in the door collided with her. She looked up. Her mouth fell open.
James looks up from behind the counter.
Shawn wrinkled his brow. “I haven’t been called that in several years. Do I know you?”
“No not really. I came to your church a few times but got turned off by the whole religion vibe I got from your services.”
“My church,” Shawn laughed. “So I thought, which was part of my problem.church ” He looked at her. “I thought the church was mine to control. It wasn’t. It was God’s and I was there to be their shepherd. When I realized the error of my ways. I left rather than ask for the forgiveness of the congregation.” He caught himself. “I apologize. I really don’t know why I rambled on Iike that. Something compelled me to get it all off my chest.
Jeannie smiled, “No problem. I’m a good listener.”
Shawn looked at her. “I must say one more thing. A true church of God is not a religion. It is a family centered around service. So please do not give up on God because of something you may have heard or felt when you came to my former church.”
Jeannie looked at him. “I didn’t say I gave up on God, I just gave up on your church. I would love to talk to you some more about that but…”
“Well I’m available now. I still have time. Would you like to get a piece of pizza and a soda?”
She stood there for a moment. “I guess I can. I was looking for Fred but he isn’t here right now.”
Shawn smiled. “Fred huh…”
“No, no nothing like that. He was in my shop the other day and invited me down for a donut. Besides, even if I was interested in him he didn’t seem like he was really into me.”
Shawn smiled again. “Ok...if you say so. Fred is not a bad guy. He just doesn’t stay in one place too long. He called himself an Angel in transit. Whatever that means. Let’s go get some pizza. I want to talk to you some more about you’re view of my old church.”
Jeannie smiled, “Angel huh.”
They left and walked down the boards to the pizza shop. They got a table inside and sat down to talk some more about his old church. Unbeknownst to them at a table in the corner sat Fred but not the Fred they knew. This Fred took the form of a young adult.”
“Remember God’s ways are not man’s ways. So in order to find the truth you must seek where the truth lies...in God’s Word.
Fred listened to their conversation for a while. After about a half hour he paid his restaurant bill and got up from the table to go. He walked by Shawn and Jeannie. He stopped and turned back. He walked up to them.
Shawn looked up at him. “Do I know you?”
“No, but I know you. I just wanted to tell you it is never too late to rectify a past mistake. Forgiveness they say is only a few words away.” He looked at Jennie
“Remember God’s ways are not man’s ways. So in order to find the truth you must seek where the truth lies...in God’s Word.”
Fred turned and walked out the door. Shawn got up and ran out the door. Of course Fred was nowhere to be found. He went back inside, paid the bill and then him and Jeannie left.
“What was that all about?” Jeannie asked.
Shawn looked at her. “I don’t know. At first I thought he was crazy but…”
“His words seemed to be a message from above?” Jeannie questioned.
“Yeah, I don’t want to sound weird but…”
“If you’re going to say we were visited by an Angel I cannot agree or disagree with you.”
Fred sat on a bench across from the pizza shop. Next to him sat Death.
“Do you usually use such extreme measures Fred?”
“Only when I have time constraints.”
Shawn and Joanne walked back to the donut shop in silence. There they found Fred sitting on a bench outside eating a hot dog. He looked up and saw Shawn with Jeannie. He smiled. God’s plan was coming together.
“Good to see you again Jeannie. I see you’ve met my coworker Shawn. How’d you two meet up?”
“We literally ran into each other.” She said.
Fred knew but he didn’t let on like he knew. “So Jeannie, do you want to take a walk?”
She looked at Shawn then back to Fred. “Yeah, let’s go…but no pizza.”
Fred wrinkled his brow like he had no idea what she was talking about.
Shawn watched the two of them walk away. He thought Jeannie was a nice girl. A few years younger than him. She would make a good partner for someone. He turned to go back into the donut shop. A sudden thought crossed his mind. He pulled out his phone and dialed. A female voice answered. “Denise...we...um...need to talk.”
Down the boardwalk Fred glanced back over his shoulder. He smiled.
“Something wrong Fred?”
He looked at Jeannie. “No, everything is good. So good in fact it is excellent.”
“Fred can I tell you something?”
She looked at him. “I think you’re a nice guy but I’m.,,”
He smiled, “I know what you’re going to say. I’m not interested in you in that way either.”
“Wait…what? Why not?”
“Here, sit down on this bench for a moment. I can’t date you even if I wanted. You see I’m an Angel.”
She scowled. “I’ve heard a lot of excuses in my day but..” She looked over. The guy from the pizza place was sitting there. “Where’s Fred.”
“Jeannie, I am Fred.
Jeannie‘s eyes were opened to the truth. She bowed her head.
“Don’t bow to me. I am just an Angel. Bow to the one who deserves the praise.”
”So there is a God.”
”Of course there is a God. I am here with you now because He wanted me to tell you He has a mission for you.”
”A mission...I’m not sure I’m qualified...and what about my shop?”
”Yes, you’re to help me from time to time with my earthly missions. I will let you know when and where. Don’t worry about leaving your shop. God will make sure it and you will be taken care of.”
Jeannie sat there for a few moments. She looked up at Fred. “I guess if God is calling me I guess I don’t have a choice.”
”You always have a choice but God can be very persistent.”
“Well, when do I get started?”
”You already did. You sparked a memiry in Shawn which will lead him back to his true calling.”
Three months later Fred and Jeannie sat in the back pew of The Cross on a Hill Church. They watched Pastor Shawn preach his first sermon in years. He had reconciled with both his ex-wife as well as his old congregation. The sermon ended and the choir returned doe their closing song. Fred and Jeannie got up and made their way out of the church and on to their next calling.
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