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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of ďA Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the BushĒ (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: Blessing Unaware
By Sylvia Hensel


No one believed the marriage would last. After all, it was built on shifting sand, a marriage of convenience. The bride was young, too young at sixteen. They knew so little about each other. They had only met five months prior.

It didnít take but three months after the wedding for her to know she had made a terrible mistake, but her church didnít believe in divorce and she was strong in her faith. Good or bad, it was to be a life long commitment.

She had come from a large family. Her home was always filled with activity and laughter, good conversation, with everyone expressing their own opinions as loudly as possible and all talking at once. He, on the other hand, had come from a family of four who rarely fought and had never learned the art of good conversation.

To her, life looked like a one long dreary road. For him, their differences didnít matter, because he had come to love her dearly. It became more and more difficult for her to maintain any appearance of joy whatsoever. Always in the back of her mind she wondered what she had missed in life. Surly, there had to be someone out there that had all the same interests she had, enjoyed the same things, would appreciate her for who she was and would talk over lifeís problems with her.

The war came and he was called away to serve his country. He was gone for quite a while, during which time she began to explore other options for her life. She finally felt fulfilled. She didnít want to go back to her old life that was so boring to her, so upon his return, she set aside her faith and asked for a divorce. Devastated, he began drinking and threatening her. All her thoughts about the life she wanted fled. She felt she would do anything to have him back as he was.

Finally, after several years, she came to a place where she knew something had to change. She could not continue to live like this. In utter desperation, she surrendered it all to God, not the God of her youth, cold and impersonal, but without realizing what she had done, she had made a divine connection with Jesus Christ Himself. Suddenly, she felt totally empty of self and completely filled with Him. In an instant, old things had passed away and all things became new. She began to see him with new eyes. She no longer saw all the differences between them, though they were still there, she could only see his love for her and all the good in him.

The years have passed and theyíve grown old. Their love has endured along with a mutual respect for each otherís individuality. She never again thought of what life might have been, but gives thanks to God for the blessing He gave her in him.

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Yvonne Blake 01/17/08
Wow! So bitter and sweet!
I'm glad it had a good ending.
Good writing.
Carol Shaffron01/20/08
How often do we think the grass is greener? The more time passes, the more I look for the blessings right in front of me daily. Lovely story.
LauraLee Shaw01/21/08
I love that you take the opportunity to point the readers to Jesus Christ with this topic. He will always lead us and guide us to true contentment, which can only be found in Him. Good piece!
Linda Germain 01/21/08
Certainly on topic. Nicely done. Good message!
Betty Castleberry01/21/08
Good illustration of the topic. I really like the next to the last paragraph. It delivers the message well.