The Amish Voice 10
“I just read something about if we are in
Christ Jesus, old things are passed away, and
everything else is made new,” Katie ex-
plained. “What is the old that is passed
away and what becomes new?”
Mattie had no answer for Katie as she
paid for the few dish towels she’d picked up
for her hope chest (or was it a hopeless
chest?). Her inward conflict over what
worldliness was just added to her despera-
tion of not having a steady boyfriend.
Katie was working for Enos W Mary and
was driving their rig to run the few errands
for the family. As she headed back to the
house, she had some thinking time. Pat, the
faithful horse, plodded along in the cooling,
autumn sunlight of the country gravel road.
He set his pace and headed homeward.
“I believe the old things that are passed
away are issues of the heart. Didn’t I confess
at my baptism that I believed that Jesus is
the only begotten Son of God and that He
died so the world could be saved?”
Suddenly her mind was illuminated as if
the Lord had shown her two completely dif-
ferent pictures. The difference was as clear
as black from white. Jesus did die to cleanse
her from her sins! The clothes she wore
could never do that. With that revelation, the
realization came that she must first love God
and then her fellowmen.
“How can I love God when I can’t freely
read His Word and find Him in it?” Katie
wondered out loud to Pat.
“Okay, Pat, we’re almost home…just
around the bend, past my friend Mary
Beachy’s place and over the hill.”
The two young ladies had become good
friends by attending the Sunday night sing-
ings, and Katie waved joyfully as she saw
Mary harvesting vegetables from the garden.
Katie’s prayerful questions led her to a
resolve – not to rebellion, but one that would
direct her in her quest for truth. She resolved
to read her Bible until she found the answers
to all of the questions that had plagued her.
Peace settled over her as she realized she
needed the truth more than that deep laven-
der material or even a black material.
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