Getting Ahead: ‘When you don’t know what to do’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

There are many things in our life that we deal with which are beyond our present knowledge and ability. This happens to me every time I get a new bookshelf or table for the office. Unless you pay for a pre-assembled piece of office furniture, it will come in a box broken down into many pieces.

Recently, I ordered a couple of media carts that were industrial grade and they came in a box that I could hardly lift. When I opened it there was a large bag of screws and bolts that were of various lengths and diameters. There was no way that by looking at all of these parts I was going to figure out what to do. There was however a booklet of instructions. I call it a booklet because there were many pages in it. Like eating an elephant one bite at a time, I started on the first page and a couple of hours later I was putting the handle on the media cart. Because I did exactly what the instructions told me to do, I didn’t have to take things apart and redo them.

On Mother’s Day my wife, Glenda, wanted a trampoline for the grandchildren. I opened up the 170-pound box. Looking at multiple bags of parts, I once again realized that I did not know what to do so I had to call for help. My son, Matt, came over and read the instructions while I laid out the parts. The springs were so stiff that it took both of us pulling on them to get them attached. I did not know what to do, and even if I would have, I could not have done it alone.

We sing a worship song that has the phrase in it; “when you don’t know what to do.” In life are there answers to the things that we do not have answers for? Is there someone to help us, why do we not contact them?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington Junior High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the lobby at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30 in the gymnasium. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington Court House.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer