My mother was going to be late coming home from work one day. She had asked me to stay at home to watch my little brother after he was out of school. I had agreed but didn’t really want to because my friend wanted me to come hang out with him. I made a deal with my brother, he got to do whatever he wanted being at home by himself and I would go hang out with my buddy. He agreed, so I hopped on my bike and started on the long 5 mile journey to my friends house. Upon arrival my friend met me outside with the telephone telling me that my mother was on hold and that it was an emergency and sounded very angry. Apparently, in the time that it took for me to ride to my friends house, my brother had taken his own bike out and had fallen off injuring himself badly. Fear and worry swept over my mind and it felt as though I was having an anxiety attack. Peddling as fast as my legs would allow, I made it home in record time beating my mother back. Running into the house yelling my brothers name, he yelled back and it had come from the bathroom. He was sitting on the toilette holding a beach towel on his knee and there was blood all over the place. He lifted the towel to show me the damage, it was extensive and gross to say the least. At the end of the block there was one of those large neighborhood mailboxes and he thought it would be cool to drag his bike to the top and jump off of it landing like the dirt bike guys did on t.v. However on the way down he had caught his knee on the steel corner and now had an L shaped gash in it. He pulled back the skin to show me and the cut clear down to his knee bone. All I could think of was how much trouble I was going to be in and how my actions ended up in my brother being hurt so badly. We took him to the emergency room and my brother ended up with a lot of stitches and “YES”, I was in a lot of trouble. On occasion I still get into trouble making bad decisions and feel that anxious feeling but as long as I pray asking God to remove the anxiety from me, He will do so. The fact is is that we will all make mistakes, it’s just a fact of life, we need always to remember that God is always with us and always hears our prayers. Psalm 94:19 says, When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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