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Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)
TITLE: SPARKLING SKY
By esther robinson
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“I am so lost. Why don’t you help me?” Sandy pleaded.
“I already showed you the way. Yet you seem so stubborn. It is foolish to say ‘there is no God.’ We cannot blame God for our lust of the eyes.”
“Alright! I am ready to do anything now for peace of mind.” Sandy sighed.
“Get ready we are already late to school.”
Sandy and Clara are teenagers pursuing upper secondary schooling in a residential school. Clara believes in Christ while Sandy does not. One could question as to how clay and iron happened to bond? Except their faith, both had sipped concoction from cups carrying many things in common like memories of a bitter childhood, mother who toiled, father who were drunkards and finally the dreaded thing called divorce of their dear parents. Clara never forced her faith upon Sandy but prayed that she accepts Christ spontaneously.
At twilight, reluctantly Sandy stepped inside that church. Silence spreading like snow taught her the joy of sounds. She felt as if an invisible sack of something weighing like sand, which she had been carrying tumble down. Immediately, God’s presence engulfed her so much so that she felt connected and convicted of her need for Jesus. On seeing her friend Clara, she rejoiced.
“Welcome! Meet Mrs. Larson.” They shook hands.
“She is my friend Sandy about whom I told you.” Mrs. Larson smiled and simultaneously searched into her eyes. Then turning to Sandy, “She will help you” Clara spoke in low tone. Having introduced, she left confirming that her friend was comfortable.
Like dew disappearing on seeing the sunbeam, fear that gripped Sandy gradually glided when she saw the face of Mrs. Larson.
“My name is Sandy. Clara and I are classmates, roommates and above all friends. I work part time in the mall and there I met Brian. He kept following me frequently and finally I told ‘yes’. However, after a few days of dating, our relationship turned sour. Now he moves with another girl who works in the same mall. He keeps talking to me about her and plays on my ego. I feel so lost and dejected. I do not know whether to accept him again. Clara says he is unsuitable for me.” Sandy paused.
Then Mrs. Larson spoke very softly. “I am glad that you came forward to find a solution. Since this relationship never blossomed watered by love, it dried up naturally. Now that Brian is friendly with someone else, there is no point in reverting. If you do so, it is like rubbing the salt called ‘jealousy’ to the existing hurt that is raw because the ointment of love is not in either of your hands. Carrying on with this mental trauma would affect you. Therefore, stay focused only on your studies. Once you become financially secure, ask God to bring the right life partner into your life. Your Eternal Father’s approval is absolutely essential for a lifetime bonding. Resign from the mall and shun all forms of communication with Brian immediately. I will get a placement for you elsewhere if you like. Cheer up! God has a purpose for your life. I will pray that you get divine discernment to make the right decision.”
This church is a beacon, where youngsters get guidance from God. Many young adults who get entangled by the lust of eyes and flesh, keep bottling up the veracity of the various problems they combat daily in their heart and are unable to vent it and thereby add fuel to the fire of mental trauma. The counselor’s words serve as a soothing balm for those who come carrying shards of a shattered heart. All those who enter this church like deflated balloons leave the place filled with joy of the Lord. God dispels the darkness lurking in their heart and makes them reflect Him.
The following day, Sandy resigned her work at the mall and joined elsewhere for a much higher pay. The thoughts about Brian were white-washed by the blood of Christ on her brain. Sandy along with Clara got a distinction in the semester that ensued. Now both share in the same faith and their friendship strengthened all the more. Star like souls kept increasing in the galaxy called church making the sky sparkle spectacularly.
Those….who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3).
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