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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: Beginning Trust
By Sheila shaw
10/09/06


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Beginning Trust

The others were fishing in the stream that led into the lake. Those in charge were sitting under the cool of the trees along the banks of that same stream, chatting. Slowly she began to walk over the bridge that crossed the stream toward the village at the top of the hill.
The closer she came to the village, the denser the fog became that covered the village.
Suddenly the wind shifted and she smelled the fog. The fog was a dense smoke. She could see the flames leaping out to the windows of the houses in the village. She could see the flames headed her way rapidly, down the hillside.
Turning, she ran back down the hill and yelled at those in charge, who sat under the cool of the trees. “A fire is headed this way! It is coming down the hill. We must get to safety.”
They couldn’t see the flames and the smoke due to the density of the trees which were over head. They ignored her, all but one. The one came out of the stream and asked her why she was upset.
She pointed to the fire, it was moving so very fast toward them. “We must cross the stream and get to safety before we are cut off.” Together they began to gather as much of their belongings as they could and as they began to head toward the bridge, a strong gust of air ignited the fire on the bridge and it burst into flames.
The two of them ran backwards to where the land came to a point where the stream went into the lake. Most of their belongings had been dropped as they ran. Standing on the point, with their few remaining possessions, they watched the fire come closer.
“What do we do?” she cried. “We are lost.”
Quietly a voice spoke into her heart, “Be still and know I am God. You are safe if you stay where you are and trust in me.”
The other said “We must jump into the water. That is the only way we will survive. Come!”
She looked at the water, then looked into her heart, thinking “Do I believe and trust or try to take care of my self?”
Taking a deep breathe, she said, “No, we will be safe only if we stay here. That is what He said.” Trusting in her faith, the other stood beside her and they waited.
The fire kept coming, right up to the clearing where they stood. Then the fire just died out. A black smoldering half circle surrounded them but they were safe.

Gasping, she awoke. Sweat drenched her face and linens. She swung her feet to the side of the bed and sat up. The dream had been so real. What did it mean?
Thinking about the circumstances in her life, she knew she always ran when things got hard. She had never been able to stand strong and trust the LORD would handle it for her.
So it would seem to her that the time had come to trust Him. The dream indicated that no matter what the circumstances looked like, she needed to trust Him. That He would save her. He had promised in a most dramatic dream, that He was her Fire-fighter.


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Lindsey Pitts10/12/06
Great story, great point. I like the ending.
Donna Emery10/15/06
A compelling story. Well written. I liked it very much!