Then, sadly, she reminded herself that she, too, had been
that way, telling herself there really wasn’t a God. But deep
in her heart, hadn’t she really known all along? Hadn’t she
deliberately denied that knowledge to please her parents,
and selfishly, to do as she pleased with her life?
Suddenly, as tears sprang to her eyes with this revelation,
she asked Jon to take her home, and rushed to pack up the
Stunned, Jon followed reluctantly. “I don’t understand you,
Denise, I just don’t understand you at all!”
They drove to the house in silence, as Denise tried to figure
out a balance between obeying God, and keeping Jon, if
there was such a thing! But, if not, how could she bear to
live without Jon? He was surely the only guy she could ever
love! Life was so unfair, she thought, in frustration. She was
very unhappy with Jon right now, but they would work it out.
They had to!
When they reached Nana and Papa’s house, Jon helped
Denise carry in the picnic things, but with a curious look on
his face, Denise thought.
Nana met them at the door. “Did you have a good picnic?”
She asked casually, glancing back and forth between the
“Yeah,” Jon answered. “The food was delicious!”
“Good,” Nana answered. “Denise, you had a call from Maria
at the hospital. She said your patient, Jane Doe had come
out of the coma. She knew you would want to know!”
“Oh, Nana!” Denise said, suddenly excited, hugging Nana
tightly. “Oh, that’s wonderful! I can’t wait to see her and get
to know all about her. “I’ve got to go to her, right now!”
“What about tonight? I thought we were going out!” Jon
“Sorry. I’ve got to go see her. You wouldn’t believe how
long I’ve waited for this!” exclaimed Denise.
“Do you want me to drive you in, or do you want to take
your car?” asked Jon almost reluctantly.
Denise looked at him, their eyes meeting for a moment, and
said politely, “Thanks, Jon, for offering, but I’m afraid you’d
be bored at the hospital. And I have no idea how long I’ll be
there. I’d better take my car.”
She hurried to her room to change clothes and freshen up,
leaving Jon standing in the kitchen, looking very
uncomfortable. Shortly she returned, ready to go. “I’ll be
home in a little while, Nana. Don’t worry about me, OK?”
“I won’t”, Nana said. “I’m just thanking the Lord that, once
again, our prayers have been answered.”
Denise caught a strange, unbelieving look in Jon’s eyes as
Nana said those words, and felt almost pity for him that he
couldn’t, or didn’t want to, understand. Then, amazed
herself, as she realized she did understand, and she, too,
was inwardly giving a heartfelt thanks to God!
Jon walked with her to the car with an unsure, hesitant
manner. Denise caught his sideways glances, as if he was
trying to figure out a new approach, as if the situation
suddenly was out of control, and he was planning his
strategy. As Denise climbed into her car, she coolly, but
politely said, “See ya later, Jon. Gotta go now,” as she
started up her car.
Without a word, Jon stared at her briefly, then turned on his
heel. Was that a look of revenge in his eyes? Denise
There was just too much to think about now. She’d worry
about Jon later, she decided, as she focused her thoughts
on Jane Doe’s recovery. Jon could wait!