Proverbs 3:5-6

Fulton’s Stuck in a Dumpy Room

I had a teaching experience today. It was all about Fulton having a hard time. I received a call from the nursing home telling us they were going to have to move Fulton to another room. Fulton’s roommate has some serious viruses and they didn’t want Fulton to get them. So, of course I agreed. That was before I went to his new room to see him.

It was awful! The room is extremely small and tattered, with sheet rock peeling off the walls. The TV barely works, and there he is…stuck, with no place to go. I was really angry with the situation. So, I got ahold of one of the administrative staff to let her know I was not happy. She told me she’d do her best to fix as much as possible. She also announced to me that he would only be in that room for a few days.

It was very painful to know Fulton was in this little dumpy room. But then a man with a guitar showed up. I recognized him as my old Sunday school teacher, whom I hadn’t seen in several years. He got out his guitar and sang some songs to Fulton. My son seemed to be enjoying it.

I walked away from the situation somewhat confused. Here Fulton is stuck in this dumpy little room and yet out of the blue came a man to sing to him. The Lord said to me, “Don’t worry. I will take care of this situation. Calm down, I’m in charge here.” I thought of Jesus leaving his mighty throne in glory to live in a scarred ugly world so that he might save us. I’m still shook about the room he’s in but I’m learning I have to trust Him and that’s a hard lesson to learn. It’s still all about trust.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Your Friend,

5 thoughts on “Fulton’s Stuck in a Dumpy Room

  1. Praying that even now joy will come into Fulton’s room. That his time in this room will be pleasant for him – in his soul. Praying for you and Ruth Ann – strength and comfort – with Fulton’s living conditions and for your personal relationship. Hugs!!

  2. I can just imagine the situation. I am sure it will pass. It is sometimes so hard to understand that God has His hands on the situation. Wait and trust in Him.

  3. Dear Dawson,

    I had met you almost ten years ago – it will be ten years this 30rd of October – at Liberty University. I had promised you that I would be praying for Fulton every day; and I have. May the Lord bless you and give you the grace that you need every day of your life.


  4. Dawson,

    I trust the promise in Romans 8 that says God will cause all things to work together for good, for those who love God and are called for His purpose.

    I know your family loves God, and I definitely know you are called for His purpose. You are rescuing His lost youth. They spend hours and hours on their phone, and there they experience the love of God, that comes through you.

    I am proud of you.

    May the Lord continue to bless you and your family,

    Jim Nypen

  5. Thank you for sharing your struggle. I believe you have encouraged many of your fellow Christians. It is a choice to trust at times, and the struggle is real. May you sense God’s overwhelming presence.

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