Kicking and Screaming to Houston By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy September 1980

Al had been working at Lang's Furniture as a TV repairman for over a year.  I had been working for the local newspaper but had quit to stay home with our children at the end of May when school ended.

We had purchased a house across from the Indian Reservation.  It was at the end of a road across the road from a spring fed lake.  There was a champion forest behind our house and we enjoyed watching the deer and other critters come down in the early morning and late evening to drink.

We were so far out that we could not get telephone service and the TV reception was hopeless.  Our Indian neighbors were good folks who shared their lives with us. 

Our children were wandering in the woods - mostly close to the spring fed creek or swimming in the lake.  We loved it and did not want to leave.

The draught had taken its toll on Lake Livingston.  It was down several feet and the tourists were staying home or going somewhere else.  Business also got real slow and Al did not have enough work.

A factory just outside of town was looking for an electrician so Al applied for the job.  The boss said Al was overqualified.  He kept going back until he convinced the boss that he really did want the job so we could afford to stay.  That was on Thursday.  I still felt like God wanted us to go to Houston.

Friday morning Al woke up with appendicitis.  Since we had no insurance or money, he had to go to the VA hospital in Houston for surgery.  By the time he got out of the hospital, someone else had been hired for the electrician's job. 

The doctor said Al could not work for six weeks.  Since there was no sick pay where Al was working, we had to have food stamps because there was no money for food. 

After 4 weeks, Al decided maybe he should check the job market out around Hobby Airport in Houston.  Turned out he had a choice of 3 jobs.  He decided he would like to work for Beechcraft and set up an appointment for an interview.

I went with him to the interview.  They hired Al and while one of the technicians showed Al around, I sat in the Avionics manager's office and chatted with him.  He found out I had experience doing warranty claims and hired me. 

Problem was that we had no money to speak of.  Ken (our new boss) told us to go to Pearland (located just south of the airport) and see Becky Bentley.  He even set up a meeting with her for us.  We kept saying but we don't have any money to rent anything.  He insisted so we went.

Becky took an application and took us over to look at a really nice brick home in Pearland.  We kept saying "we have no money but no one seemed to hear us. 

Becky said we could paint the house inside in exchange of the first months rent and we could pay the deposit when we got it.  Amazing!  We had just enough money to rent a U-Haul truck and the food stamps we had lasted until our first payday. 

God finally got us to Houston.  Turned out it was not Sodom and Gomorra after all.

We loved living in Houston more than any place else before or sense.  OK maybe Livingston.

Jonah 1:1-3:10 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me."
    
But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
     But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.
     So the captain came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish." And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
     Then they said to him, "Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?" So he said to them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."
     Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, "Why have you done this?" For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?"; for the sea was growing more tempestuous.

    
And he said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me." Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, "We pray, O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, have done as it pleased You."
     So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and took vows.
     Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
     Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly. And he said: "I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. "Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice. For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me. Then I said, 'I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.' The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God. "When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. "Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD."
     So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you."

    
So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day's walk. Then he cried out and said, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"
     So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?
     Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

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