|voices (standard:Inspirational stories, 1131 words)|
|Author: stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer||Added: May 30 2009||Views/Reads: 1781/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|this story has a good moral point , that many men have listen to voices that are not alwways the voice of God|
Some would say that Uncle Arvin Bishop is the most religious man in Muddy Fork county, him and aunt Sally attend the little goose rock chapel church house that is pastured by the Good Rev Smallwood, the flock of Goose rock is small about twenty folks attend the small mountain church, my paw and mammy are members of the church , and they insist that I go along on all the meeting that is held there last week sermon was on the coming of the lord, and Rev Smallwood preached that the lord was coming back in three months to get the saints, he was a powerful speaker for sure, and he told the flock to not plant corn this spring because there was not going to be any use in it because the lord sent him a token that he was coming back to get ever saint at little goose, Paw and Mammy never paid him much mind, and paw said no man ever can knows when the lord is coming back not even the good Rev Smallwood, unlike paw most of the saints took the preacher word for it that the lord was sure enough coming in the fall and taking all the goose rocks saints to heaven Paw went on and planted the early spring corn crop, but mammy brother Arvin never he sold him mules and corn wagon and told pappy that he was wasting his fool time planting a corn with the lord coming back in early fall season' Paw tried to convince his brother in law Ervin that he best not pay no mind to Rev Smallwood preaching about knowing when the lord will return, because the bible says no man knows the hour of day that the lord will return to get all the saints, Ervin insisted that preacher Smallwood got a token from the lord up on Willard peak while he was praying up there last Sunday, pastor Smallwood told all the saints of little goose to meet him a certain Sunday on point called Willard peak and that would be the place the lord would swoop down and gather all the little goose saints up and take them all to heaven, it all sounded awful good, to me knowing if lord took us all to that big heaven of him, that I would never have to help paw plow this old hard rocky corn ground , and gather corn in the fall again, surely heaven offered more than this old timberland could offer a man, Paw told Ervin that he was going to plant his corn crop just in case Rev Smallwood was wrong, and he was not taking a chance on starving to death on the word of a little short bald headed preacher, fourteen of the flock never planted their spring corn crops, some like Ervin turned their cattle and hogs lose to run about as they pleased in the ridges because the lord was coming and they needed no cattle or hogs to tend up yonder in heaven, Paw declared that folks was crazy for doing such things on the word of Rev Smallwood, two month passed and the saints who had let their cattle and hogs lose were living the next month on the can food they had in stock from the last growing season, That day the lord was suppose to come finely and ever saint had meet on Willard peak to greet the lord on his return , paw and Maw and I went along just in case paw was wrong and the lord did come to gather his saints , we got there almost the first that fall sunny morning, and Rev Smallwood lead this flock in prayer , his prayer was this, Lord I have brought all your saints here on Willard point so you can gather us like we do the corn crop in the fall season,, we are going to set down before this big stump and make a circle and hold hands so you can get us all at one big swoop, he thanked the lord for the token of his coming at this very place that all the saint was now standing where he got the token from the lord that he was to gather us all on this point for our departure , he closed his payer , and told the saints at high noon we be gone from Willard's peak, folks were anxious and very excited all the children of the saints never paid this much mind they were wanting to run about and play , and the Rev warn them to stay close to their folks so they would not be left behind at the lord swooping, i It come high noon and noting happen everyone was asking Rev Smallwood could he have heard the lord wrong and got the wrong time and date, Rev looked worried and troubled and kept watching his pocket watch and checking the time, sweat come on his brow and he was fearing what the people might do or think of him If the lord did not show up to get them like he has sure promised them, It come one o clock and then two o clock and then three o clock and the folks grew restless and was all troubled at heart, three o clock come and still no swooping had happen , all the saint was still here around the big stump that the Rev had us all gathered around, Paw rose up and asked Rev Smallwood if he could say some words to the people, and pastor Smallwood told paw to say speak , Paw said “ now folks it seems our pastor has made a bad call and now you all know that he is a good man , but even the best of men listen sometimes to the wrong voices , I can read a little and I read in the good book that no man knows the hour or the day the lord will come again to gather the saints that are alive on earth at his return, I bid you to forgive our pastor for his error , and let us all go down off this peak and gather all the cattle and the hogs that you all loosen, and work our fields till the lord does decides to come and get us, Folks listen to paw make his talk and it seem reasonable to forgive the good Rev Smallwood, because he was a good man of the lord , and had just like paw said “ listen to his own voice instead of the lord voice, the moral of this story is this never listen to no other voice but that of God holy word... 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