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When Everything Fails, It’s Over (standard:humor, 904 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: May 10 2020Views/Reads: 54/25Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
In one way, Aunt Flora was right. When everything fails, it’s over. But not the way she thought. Looking at it from Job’s point of view, when everything fails, it is time for God to do what only God can do.

During this time of seclusion, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage
and Yours Truly has spent some significant time binge-watching some of 
those Hallmark mystery movies. After a while, they all look alike, but 
my wife loves them, therefore, so do I. 

The other night as we were watching, one of the characters was a very
old, grouchy, mean-looking woman who had nothing nice to say about 
anybody. I usually groan whenever I saw her. 

In the middle of the movie, my wife looked at me and said, “Does that
woman remind you of anybody?” 

Whenever my wife asked me a question, I never know if it is a trick
question or if she is looking for information. Most of the time, she is 
not looking for information. Therefore, I responded in the negative. 

“Just look at her,” my wife explained, “doesn't she remind you of Aunt

I paused for a moment and then responded, “Oh, my goodness. She sure

I wished she would not have brought that subject up. I had not thought
of Aunt Flora for years. I only knew her for the last 10 years of her 

Aunt Flora was a very grouchy, complaining old woman. She could find a
dark cloud in every burst of sunshine. No matter how good a situation 
might be, she could find the bad in it and exploit it. 

Not only was she grouchy, but she was the neighborhood gossip. She knew
things a few days before they actually happened. If you did not want 
anybody else to know, you certainly did not tell Aunt Flora. 

What Aunt Flora did not know was, when you wanted the whole community to
know something, you whispered it into Aunt Flora's ear. 

I never spent too much time with her, but I remember one time she gave
me some advice. 

“Sonny,” she couldn't remember my name, “when everything fails, it's
over.” I cannot tell you how many times I heard her say that. 

If anybody knew anything about failure, it was her. As far as I know,
and I could be wrong, she had three failed marriages. Knowing her as I 
knew her at the time, I can fully understand why her marriages failed. 

I often thought it would be great to find one of those ex-husbands and
talk about what he thought about my aunt Flora. I am sure I would have 
had several ears full of material. As far as I know, nobody knew where 
those husbands were. I do not think I am going to dig any deeper than 

During a commercial in the movie we were watching, I talked to my wife
about my aunt Flora in the kind of person she was. My wife knew Aunt 
Flora for a relatively short time, but you only had to meet her once to 
know what she was really all about. 

“Do you know who Aunt Flora reminded me of?” 

I stared at my wife a little bit, shook my head, and said, "No. Who does
she remind you of?” 

I was prepared for a whole lot of comparisons. 

Thinking for a moment, she finally said, "Aunt Flora reminds me of Job's
wife in the Old Testament." 

That sure got me thinking. Never for once did I think that Aunt Flora
was anywhere close to some Bible character. 

However, as we talked about it, I begin to see her point of view. Aunt
Flora was certainly a modern-day Mrs. Job. 

You remember the story in the Old Testament. The story of Job and all of

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