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  Blast From the Past

By Rena Beadle 

Rena Beadle

Do you remember the time machine from the movie, 'Back to the Future'?  Michael J. Fox could press certain buttons that caused the DeLorean to travel backward or forward in time.  There was always a battle to be won in the past so that the future would be bright.  This past May, we had a ‘Blast from the Past’ that totally caught us off guard.  It was in the form of a LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE letter informing Leo, my husband, that he owed taxes from 2008 for a business Leo had been a part owner of years ago.  Mind you, we have not been a part of that business since 1998.  Apparently, Leo’s former partner did not pay his 2008 taxes and, unbeknownst to us, Leo’s name was still on the business documents as an officer!  We thought we had legally exited that company, but unfortunately, we had not. 


IMMEDIATELY upon reading the letter, Leo said he felt like the blood drained from his face.  That old familiar fear crept up, telling him, ‘you cannot escape those days of financial ruin.’  In the midst of rising emotion, he picked up the phone to call his ex-partner.  No one answered the phone and no one called him back.  In MY mind, I was ready to load up the car and DRIVE over to the man’s house and inform him of this issue.  James 1:5 says, “If you need WISDOM ask our GENEROUS God, and He will give it to you.  He will NOT rebuke you for asking.”


BUT… Here is the ACCELERATOR BUTTON for our future…….


James 1:6  says, “….WHEN YOU ASK Him, be SURE that your faith is in God alone.  Do NOT waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”

Leo and I CHOSE to pray together.  What was the result?


PEACE CAME. PEACE replaced fear.  We focused on the road ahead, not the past behind.  Did we need to take action?  Absolutely!  Leo made a phone call to a dear friend and attorney and he knew exactly what to do.  A letter was sent to the Louisiana Department of Revenue on  our behalf explaining the situation and our position.


ANSWER: ONE MONTH later, we were absolved from the pending charges!!!!!


Remember, share the love of Christ

               with someone today.

Don’t let life’s distractions get in your way.

VERY SOON, He will split the Eastern sky.

LOOK UP! Our redemption draws nigh!!


Until next time, STAY IN THE GAME!!!