by Barbara Lynn Culler
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It was a lovely afternoon at the beach where Karina was at when something very special happened that she will remember forever and ever. The dark haired girl was playing in the sand as her mommy and daddy and little brother were sitting on a blanket, just a little ways beside her.
Splat went the pail full of wet sand as it was dumped onto the dry sand. Karina was having fun making sandcastles. She was used to playing by herself because she didn’t have any friends and usually played alone. As the foamy water sizzled closer to shore, Karina looked up at her parents to see what they were doing. Daddy and Stevie were asleep on the red blanket and Mommy was reading. They weren’t paying any attention to Karina, so she looked back at the ocean. She loved the seashore and thought it the most wonderful thing she had ever seen.
Bored with playing in the sand, Karina walked the short distance to where the waves were breaking on the shore and scooped up a pink object.
“Look Mommy! A pretty shell!” Showing a forced smile, Mother looked up, and then back down at her book. Karina shrugged her shoulders, threw the shell back into the water, and began to jump into the mounding waves. She was having so much fun.
Soon, she got tired and decided to go up to her mommy and daddy. When she reached the dry sand, she couldn’t see them. Where were they? Karina was too little to understand that the water current had caused her to move down shore a ways. She wasn’t that far away from her family, but she couldn’t find them. Karina was scared. She didn’t cry though. Mommy had told her to always be brave and to never cry like a big baby. So, she put on a smile and walked away from where she was supposed to be.
Karina walked and walked, and eventually found a large pile of rocks that begged to be climbed on. She reached the top and pretended to be a mermaid princess. In her special castle she could see all across the beach, but could not see her parents. No one else was on the rocks and she was alone. She climbed down the other side and came into a little beach lagoon.
“The water is so pretty!” she thought, but then noticed the sun was starting to go down. Suddenly, Karina felt very scared, and now, nobody was around.
“Mommy!” No one answered. “Mommy!” Still no response, Karina started to cry -just a little - she was trying to be brave but it was so hard.
“Mommy, Daddy! I’m scared. I’m lost. Mommy!” Her mommy didn’t come. No one came.
“Where’s my mommy and daddy? They left me. They don’t love me.” Karina cried harder.
All of a sudden, five beautiful pink angels were floating down from the sky. They were holding hands in a circle and in the middle of this circle was Jesus! She knew it was Jesus and she wasn’t scared at all!
Jesus picked up Karina, kissed her on the forehead and hugged her tight. “My precious little girl! Oh how I love you! I promise you I won’t ever leave you all alone! I will show you where your parents are.”
Karina cried real hard because no one had ever told her they loved her. Jesus lifted Karina and cradled her in his arms. All of Karina’s sadness and scares and loneliness burst out and she cried and cried. All the while, Jesus held her and rocked her and said she was precious and beautiful and how much he loved her.
After awhile, no more tears came. Jesus still held her. She looked up at His face and He looked into her eyes and tenderly removed a strand of hair from her eye.
“I won’t ever leave you, my child. You won’t always see me or feel me, but I am here. Know that with all your heart that I am with you and that I love you forever and ever!”
Karina smiled a real smile. A smile that meant she was really happy. The sun was almost underwater and the wind was starting to blow. Jesus laughed and Karina laughed. Then Jesus changed Karina in to an upright position and they began to twirl around and around. Karina was so happy and she laughed.
Karina was happy but she was getting sleepy and laid her head against Jesus chest. All around them, the angels started singing the most beautiful song she had ever heard. As the sun sank into the ocean, Karina fell asleep. But before falling asleep, she heard Jesus tell her that she would now be going back to her mommy and daddy.
“Karina!” She was startled out of her thoughts and felt confused. She was back on the wet sand, with pail and shovel in her hands. “Time to go home now.” Daddy was calling to her as he packed up their things. Karina sighed and looked out across the ocean, she knew it wasn’t a dream-she really had been with Jesus-hadn’t she? Touching her forehead where Jesus Kissed her she still felt that warm glow about her. As she picked up her toys and followed after her family, she began to hum a beautiful and haunting tune- a very special lullaby.
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What a precious story with a beautiful message of God's love.
Oh Barb This is so beautiful. I think it's the best piece you've written that I have seen. It would make a perfect picture book. It even made me feel peaceful about the upcoming surgery.
Barb, what a great truth, Jesus will leave never us alone. Touching story. Good job.
Very interesting. You did a good job with Karina. Too bad her parents didn't think to tell her they loved her.
This is so precious. I can just imagine a child listening to this bedtime story with rapt attention. What a lovely way to convey that wonderful message "Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us!" Your word pictures are quite vivid, too.
This story had me riveted to my screen! My heart was in my stomach at Katrina's neglect by her parents and then I was so embraced by the joy and warmth she felt while in Jesus' arms. You did a fantastic job at touching the inner longing in all of us...to be with Jesus.
Barb, I felt Karina's pain and her tears have been cried by so many others. The one thing that we, no matter what our age is, can count on is that Jesus will always loves us and He promises never to leave or abandon us. God Bless . . . Debby