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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

By Jeanette Northan


“Nellie is such a good friend,” I thought as we were riding on interstate 95. We were on our way to a church concert on Saturday night. “She is so anointed. She serves on just about every ministry in the church, and she is so nice to people. I wish that I could be as anointed as she is.”

“Thank you for picking me up tonight,” I said to her. If it were not for you, I don’t know what I would have done.” Girl, you know I don’t mind. Just call me any time you need me,” she said with a smile.

It seemed as though we started to move in slow motion, and everything was becoming blurry. My mouth flew opened, but nothing was coming out. A tractor trailer had jumped over the median, turned, and was coming toward us.

In an instant!

I opened my eyes, however, I was standing in line with a plethora of folks. “Where am I,” I thought? “Nellie! Nellie! Where are you? What happened?” I could not find Nellie in the crowd. I was asking everyone if they had seen my friend. No one had seen her. I saw this light in front of me. Everyone was moving forward. “I saw this man holding a big book. People was stopping to him as he lead them to the light.

It was my turn. “Sir, I am lost. I need to call my husband and my children to pick me up. I seem to have lost my friend. Have you seen her?”

“My child, your friend did not make it here,” he said. “She did not make it here, I shouted? Where is here?" “Child, you are in heaven," he said. "We have your name here in the Lamb’s book of life. The two of you died in a car crash. I am sorry to tell you that your friend did not make it. She did all of those things, but she never gave her life to Christ. She never really believed or had faith. You had faith and did not complain, no matter what you went through. You forgave people who did terrible things to you. Yet like Christ, you loved them in spite of. Nellie did things for people, however, if they hurt her in any way, she never forgave anyone. You abided by Matthew 6:14-15, you paid your tithes, you listened and obeyed the Shepherds that God provided for you. Even though you were not always that way, you gave up all of that and committed your life to Christ. You believed what you should have believed. That God is real.”

I could not believe what I was hearing. I was surprised and shocked to see that someone so nice, lost her life because she never gave her life to Christ.

He raised his hand and lead me towards the light. As I went through, I was happy and sad. I was sad that Nellie was not here; and, I smiled as I saw the Lamb of God sitting at the right hand of the Father. There were golden gates and plenty of houses and land just for us. There was a cool breeze as I saw my mother and my baby sister meet me at one of the gates. I want to walk this life for Christ and not just talk the talk. How about you? Let’s make it to heaven and not have any surprises like that. Let’s tell others so that we will not be surprised that they did not make it.

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Jan Ackerson 09/15/07
Definitely food for thought--we assume salvation for a lot of people, but we may be mistaken...

Some minor errors in grammar and mechanics...and is it possible to be sad in heaven?

This would be a great conversation-starter in an adult Sunday School class or small group.
Ann Renae Hair09/16/07
Life certainly can change in an instant...and only through Jesus can we be ready. Then our good deeds give Him glory. Thought provoking story here.
Jennifer Wetter09/17/07
Wow what an impactful telling. It makes me wonder when I die will I really make it?