I felt my blood pressure rise as I opened an invoice for over $2,000.00 which, “has been turned over to our attorney. Please contact us to make arrangements for payment, or we will continue to pursue this.”
The invoice was for a relative’s care prior to their dying in a nursing home two years earlier. I had been the power of attorney. Immediately, I started fretting. I had trouble sleeping that night, as I mauled over the situation. Did I have to drag out all those records again to prove my case?
The first thing I should have considered doing was praying and asking the Lord to help me with the situation. But, being the “lawyer and righter of wrongs” that I perceive myself to be, I figured I could handle this on my own. But just in case, which lawyer should I talk to if I needed one?
The following morning, despite how I tried not to think about the invoice, I was still very annoyed. I thought this invoice had been resolved over a year ago, and now here it was back again.
I proceeded to have my morning devotions. As I read the scripture suggested, my eye was drawn to the words below… “Be Patient…” It was Proverbs 25:15 :
“Be patient and you will finally win for a soft tongue can break hard bones.”
Wow! The Lord seemed to say to me this is your answer. You see the Lord knows that in my old nature, I wanted to go into that accounting office and tell them a “thing or two.” I’m afraid it wouldn’t have been pleasant or a good Christian witness.
Later that morning, armed with my best smile and the patience from the Lord, I went to visit the accounting office. God was definitely with me, as I explained the history of my relative’s account. They were in turn apologetic, but explained that this account was still open on their books, and the former accountant was no longer with them. They needed to close the account. (I wondered why I had not received a statement for over a year if it was still open.)
They are checking out the facts of his case as I related them, and will get back to me. There is a very good possibility that it is all a mistake and the account will be closed.
As I departed from the building, I felt a sense of peace and joy that God had definitely been with me in that meeting.
I’m so thankful that the Bible is always available to be our help when we allow God’s Spirit to speak to us through His holy word.