Thursday, February 28, 2013
Unconfirmed vs Under the Carpet
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." The words from Jeremiah 29:11 suddenly returned to her with a clarity she had never seen before. Of course God's plans for her were good. Of course He wanted to give her a future and a hope. But she would never realize those plans by running away. The only way those plans would be fulfilled was by running to God, finding safety in His love.
Robert was speaking again. Stevie shook her head to clear her thoughts. "We're only one day away from fulfilling your dream, Stephanie. Only one day. Are you ready to forfeit that dream by disclosing an unconfirmed fact that will not only hurt the senator and his family, but disillusion those who have supported him so faithfully?"
His eyes were as concerned and sincere as Stevie had ever seen them, but they had somehow lost their charm. Even the touch of his hand had turned cold. It was suddenly much easier to speak objectively to Robert. "This 'unconfirmed fact' happens to be someone I care about very much," she said, her voice calm but confident. "You're not sweeping a detail under the rug, you're sweeping a person under the rug. What happens to Wes in all this? Will the senator buy his silence too? Will he force his gay son back into the closet and hide him there indefinitely? And if Wes should develop AIDS, what then? When death comes, will the senator cover up the truth again, saying he died of pneumonia or some rare jungle disease?"