Monday, February 11, 2013

Can You Tell Me Who - - -

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As a young mother, I was surprised when my telephone rang and a radio station identified themselves as a quiz program, explained what the call was about, asked my name and requested for me to hold for a moment. 

The Master of Ceremonies was chipper as he came on and told me that there was a nice prize available if I could correctly answer the question - - he paused then asked.

Who was Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War? 

History was something I studied for the test, and then promptly forgot about it.  Had I been a current school girl with studies about the Government, I probably would have remembered the name, but instead I mumbled, I am sorry but I don’t know the answer. 

The MC acknowledged his sorrow, but said that as an alternative for the nice prize, the advertiser was sending me some free samples of their product in the mail. 

If only I had thought to give my maiden name, I would have won the grand prize.  The answer was Edwin Stanton.  That name had actually crossed my mind, but I considered it not a good answer, brushed it off and lost by not paying attention to recall.

Often a hunch will give good direction when you listen to it.  Actually I prefer not to call it a hunch or a premonition, but I believe God speaks to us in that inward voice giving insight when we will stop and tune in.

The prize I might have won was actually not that great!  I remember being disappointed at the prize in the Cracker Jack box.

Paul reminded us to strive for the grand prize of heaven which will be presented to all who finish their race. 

2 Timothy 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

This post is Shared with Laura at The Wellspring

And with Hazel at  Tell Me a True Story




  1. I just read a good post on winning prizes, being lucky, taking chances to win something for self. This went right along with it. Good one Hazel.

  2. So glad the prize for listening to God's still voice beats your consolation prizes :) Thanks for stopping by the Overflow today. Love the Timothy verse here- I memorized it as a girl :)

  3. So grateful that God's prize doesn't depend on our recall...I bet you will never forget Edwin Stanton...Thanks for the history lesson, Hazel :)

  4. I agree. God speaks to us beyond probably what we even consider. The right things come to mind and too often we bury it with the desires or the fear of this flesh. Good call, Hazel. Sorry you didn't win the radio prize... but if it makes you feel any better, you're in good company!

  5. Now that you mention it, I haven't seen Cracker Jacks in forever!!

  6. The Lord does often tell me what to say, what to do, where to go. I have His voice is one small portion of my mind. It rarely is anywhere else, and it rarely is slipped into by "me" or anyone/thing else. I rely on that.

    I doooo miss having Cracker Jacks, though. Been WAY too long to crunch them. The prizes? Ehh! Nothing particularly special. The "popcorn" parts with caramel, etc. YES!!

    Made me smile.

  7. I feel this way too, Hazel. Sometimes that nudge in my spirit really is the Spirit knocking on the door of my heart. You know how to tell a good story!


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