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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Junk Food (08/30/12)

TITLE: Healthy Lunch
By C D Swanson
~9th Place


I was literally standing still due to construction work on a highway. In addition to the traffic, there was a five car accident that needed to be cleared. Thankfully there were no fatalities.

While I was waiting, there were two cars that were in line with my peripheral vision. To the left, an SUV with three screaming children. The mother slumped forward, one hand on her forehead and the other on the steering wheel. To the right, a Mercedes. The silver fox behind the wheel looking straight ahead. The white-haired female passenger doing the same.

I was starving! I opened my lunch bag and grabbed some carrots. While munching, I thought...boy how I wish this were a chocolate bar or a chocolate layer cake with mocha- filling.

The apple looked boring, as did my tuna-fish sandwich on rye. I was in the mood for junk food. Something I abandoned a long time ago. The main reasons were age and health issues. But, I remember care-free junk-a-holic days as if they were yesterday. My sensible lunch at work was always followed by a decadent dessert. Éclair, German Forest cake, cannoli, banana crème pie, chocolate crème pie. Boy times have changed.

Eclipsed by thoughts of decadent delight I smiled. When suddenly… pounding on my passenger window. I moved clear out of my seat as the carrot fell from my hand.

A young woman's face met my gaze her tear-filled eyes narrowed, "May I please have your food?" she continued pounding.

I opened the window partially. "Excuse me? What is it you just asked?"

"My daughter is a diabetic and she's having an insulin reaction. Her sugar is low. I forgot her food bag on our table. She needs food. Please!" Her voice got higher in volume.

I opened the window completely quickly giving her the food bag. "Oh, of course...please take this. There's juice in there also."

"Thank-you, God bless..."

From my rear-view mirror I watched the tiny figure disappear into a white car. I began to pray for the little girl and the trusting frantic mom. She pounded on the window for her daughter's life. And out of all the cars, God sent her to mine.

Dear Lord, my Father, please help that mother minister to her child. Please let the child be okay. Oh my God, my Lord...You can do anything. You brought her to my window, I thank You for letting me be able to assist You. You used me as Your vessel providing the food and the means to help. Forgive me for thinking those silly decadent thoughts earlier about junk-food. I feel so foolish. Please help them both, I ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

I put on my Bible CD and listened to Matthew…Beatitudes for a little while. I was filled with peace.

Taking a peek in the mirror again I saw the tiny figure emerge. She walked toward me. Sitting up I opened my window.

“Is she okay?” My heart was thumping loudly.

“Yes. Yes, she’s fine.” She reached out to take my hand, “thank you so much. God showed me the car I should come to. He said I could trust you. And you had healthy foods. All good things for my little girl. No junk-food. So thank you!” Her voice cracked.

“Wow. I don’t know what to say…”

“Nothing needs to be said. You’ve helped. So thank you.” Her rumpled clothes were stained with tuna-fish and juice. She caught my eyes, “It can be hard getting her to eat and drink when she’s in that state. Sometimes my clothes get more then she does.”

“Oh, looks like we’re moving again. You better get back. Take care of yourself, and your daughter.”

“God does both. Thank you. May God shower you with endless blessings and bestow great favor upon you.” She waved before running off.

As I watched her get back into her car, I was filled with happiness. I realized that we never know when we are going to be used for God’s purposes. I smiled and looked upward. Lord thank You. Amen.


FYI: Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes)
• Juvenile Diabetes is a very serious disorder. As many as three million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.
• Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults - approximately 80 people per day - are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S.
• 85 percent of people living with type 1 diabetes are adults.
• The rate of type 1 diabetes incidence among children under the age of 14 is estimated to increase by 3% annually worldwide

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/06/12
This is an intense topic. You had me right at the edge of my seat and my heart was thudding. I know God does things like this every day. You did a great job of covering the topic in a creative way. I also liked the facts about the diabetes at the end.
Dannie Hawley 09/06/12
Wonderful article! We've all been stuck on those roads and wished for some comfort food to get us through the hassle. A real lunch saved the child. A good reminder that the tummy we feed on trips may not be our own; think twice before filling that lunch sack. I loved this exciting story. Thank you!
Brenda Shipman 09/06/12
Loved your second paragraph, where you "showed" the tension of the folks on the highway by describing their actions. I really like the take you took on the topic - creative! Good job.
Barbara Lynn Culler09/06/12
Wow-great story@ I wondered where this was gong--what a surprise!
Edmond Ng 09/09/12
This story gives an example of how amid tense circumstances, the Lord can use us to minister to others. A well written piece. Well done!
Genia Gilbert09/10/12
I loved this. It is interesting, informative, and gives a glimpse of God working in ordinary things. Good job!
lynn gipson 09/13/12
Zippity do dah, zippity de day, my oh my what a wonderful day.....


Very good.

God Bless
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/13/12
Congratulations on your EC! Happy Dance!
Genia Gilbert09/13/12
congratulations on your HC. I loved this, and am so glad it placed! Good job.
Danielle King 09/13/12
Congratulations Camille. What a wonderful tale and tailored perfectly for the topic. It sounds authentic to me so perhaps it happened to you. How amazing that God led that frantic mum to your car. I love to read entries like this one. Great job. God Bless.
Genia Gilbert09/13/12
Duh.... I just looked at levels first, and didn't see that you also had an EC. Wow again! Congratulations, girl.
Hiram Claudio09/13/12
Congrats My Friend! So very proud of you!!!
Dannie Hawley 09/13/12
Yippee, I'm so pumped at your double C's, H.C. and E.C.! Can you see the shore from your house? I'll be the one in the water, dog paddling so I can hold the bouquet of roses out of the waywith one hand; not sure roses do okay with salt water. I'm trying to keep them out of the Atlantic on the swim over. Pat yourself on your back for me, please. Stupendous, made my day!
Myrna Noyes09/13/12
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR E.C. for this well-written piece! It shows how even our seemingly small decisions (like to eat healthfully) can sometimes affect others, too. Nicely-told story! :)
Beth LaBuff 09/13/12
Camille, What a gripping story. I love the way prayer was answered. Super congratulations on your Editor's Choice award!
Bea Edwards 09/13/12
Great story illustrating God's provision...and ummm canoli haven't thought about one of those in a while:-)
Bea Edwards 09/13/12
Great story illustrating God's provision...and ummm canoli haven't thought about one of those in a while:-)
Bea Edwards 09/13/12
Great story illustrating God's provision...and ummm canoli haven't thought about one of those in a while:-)
Leola Ogle 09/16/12
Yay Camille! Congrats! So happy for you. I've been out pf town and just catching up on challenge entries!