Dealing with Curves

When you get thrown a curve, how do you know the right thing to do? Last Sunday morning, I approached my adult Sunday School class feeling prepared and ready for a typical day. But the day turned out to be anything but typical.

This article is dedicated to a great friend, classmate, and leader: Beth Smith, who was rushed to the hospital on Sunday morning and was taken to heaven on Monday afternoon. Over the years, Beth utilized her gift of hospitality and served as our class fellowship leader. Outside of church, our children were both in the high school band, which meant serving as chaperones on trips and working long hours on fundraisers and other projects. She will be extremely missed by all of her friends and family.

On the marker board, Sunday was a note from the pastor simply alerting us to pray for Beth, due to an unknown sickness. Some class members attempted to reach someone to get more information. About fifteen minutes into class time, one of Beth’s neighbors and a class member arrived with additional news that an ambulance was at the house and she was being taken to the hospital, supposedly in stable condition. At that point, we stopped and prayed for Beth, Chuck and their children. The curve was thrown and I begin to debate: do we pray, teach, or dismiss.

I made the decision to teach, but explained to the class that I would go to the hospital as soon as class was over. About 20 minutes later, word came that she was in cardiac arrest. I immediately summed up the lesson, asked the class to pray, and headed to the hospital. (Before long, the whole class was there…the love they have demonstrated and continue to display has simply been amazing.)

I have asked myself all week, what should I have done? The answer is not black and white or even right or wrong. My advice: seek God’s direction and his guidance and follow your heart. Will you join me in praying for Chuck and his two teenage daughters.


About drmarkmiller

I serve as the Sunday School, Discipleship, Small Groups Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention
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