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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Rattled (05/09/13)

TITLE: In My House There Are Many Rooms, but No Space or Time
By Wilma Schlegel
05/15/13
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That annoying sound! Every time I walk into this room!

Oh, I know what it is. When I walk toward it, it sounds off, ďRata-tata-tata-tatalllll.Ē When I sit down it changes its tune, ďRata-rata-rata-rattalll.Ē

I put my hand out to steady it and stop - that - Sound!

Itís actually a beautiful piece - an etched and gilded glass server on a tall, slender stand. The problem is that the fragile stand was accidently broken on the trip home and now itís held ill-fittingly in a make-shift substitute.

The server waits for that magical day when my creative juices are going to increase exponentially. On that same day thereís going to be a second miracle. Iím going to find myself with lots of uninterrupted time. What a day that will be!

Honestly - thatís what Iím holding out for. So the server sits, the dome lid rattling on its base atop the ugly, temporary stand; rattling with every movement around it because it has no firm foundation. That reminds me of something else - hold that thought.

My beautiful server is but one of - I donít even remember how many projects Iíve got lined up. Yes, yes, apparently I do expect some amazing day in the future when all time will be given to me!

I also know that Iím going to immensely enjoy doing my projects, so I save them until my work is done.

When will my work be done? Housework...? Oh my! Well, I donít mind housework, but thereís so much of it - and by the time Iím done one room, the others have fallen into ruin. Even worse - sometimes things donít look any better after theyíve been cleaned. Itís so defeating! Also, I donít ever want it to be said that I put housework before family membersí needs.

Aghhh! Are my brains rattling? This is such a vicious cycle, and...hereís that other thought I asked you to hold. My server needs a firm foundation, just like me...we...all of us. Itís kind of symbolic that way. Jesus didnít throw me away before I found Him (He found me). I want to be a good steward, I donít want to throw something away that I could save, that would be wasteful - wouldnít it?

Have I ever used that server?

No.

Do I have other servers?

Yes.

And - it is just a Ďthingí after all.

Hmmm.

Can Jesus use me while Iím all tied up with the things I need to do?

Well, my mind is always on how busy I am and I would never have people over to my house while itís a mess.

Which it always is...

Because of things that rattle and are taking up space ...

and time...

Hmmm.

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Nancy Bucca 05/17/13
This is an interesting way to view the things that rattle us. I think you make a great point here. We shouldn't let the things we need to get done rattle us, but it's so hard not to! Phew! Nice work here. It reminds me not to let those things rattle me either.
Laury Hubrich 05/22/13
Interesting piece.
Lillian Rhoades 05/23/13
A hearty congratulations!
Judith Gayle Smith05/23/13
Very thoughtful! Praise YHWH! Congratulations!
Bea Edwards 05/27/13
Your creative piece had me contemplating the space and time in my mind which keep me out of my Fathers will.
Congrats~