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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: Green Wisdom
By Shellie Bailey


Adam awoke to sunlight streaming through white wood mini-blinds. He rubbed his eyes and glanced at the alarm clock. It read 8:25. Adam closed his eyes, then suddenly the realization he had a meeting at nine hit him head on like a train. He jumped out of bed, raced into the bathroom. Quickly brushed his teeth, threw on his nicest suit, grabbed his briefcase and keys.

The meeting was with his boss and one of the companies biggest clients. Nervous wasn’t even where to start describing how he felt. Attempting to calm himself he took a deep breath as he merged onto the interstate. Traffic was going slower than normal. Just a few miles before his exit he could see traffic backed up. He sighed. If he wasn’t going to be late before he was going to be late now. He turned up the radio and breathed. After some time passed he glanced at the clock on the dashboard. It read 8:55. He had gotten closer to his exit and was able to escape.

Minutes later he pulled into the parking lot, grabbed his briefcase and made his way into the building. Stacy the receptionist greeted him with a cold stare. “Must be having a bad day.” He thought. He held himself together knowing that his boss was livid right now. He was ten minutes late to one of the most important meetings the company has had in years.
Adam entered the conference room and apologized for the late arrival, while his boss Mr. Griffin stared him down.

“Now where were we?” Mr. Griffin continued.

Adam sat and spoke when asked questions. Presented the charts and documents requested for the remainder of the meeting and then wished the clients well as they departed.

“Mr. Smith I assume that you were aware that was one of the biggest clients we have landed in sometime. I am sure you have reason for being late, but it looked very poorly on the company and on yourself. See to it that it does not happen again or your career is over.”

“Yes Sir.” Adam replied.

His cubicle was piled with papers and work that begged to be completed. He took off his suit jacket and hung it up and took his seat ready for the day.

“Hey Adam.” Wendy said with a smile as she walked by. He smiled back and said hello, it was the same routine day in and day out. He thought Wendy was attractive, but had never approached her. Now that he thought about it he wasn’t sure why he hadn’t. So he asked her out for lunch and she advised him she already had plans.
He walked to a deli next door for lunch. Of course when he asked for a turkey sandwich on white bread with mayo, he got a ham sandwich on wheat with mustard. He didn’t complain and didn’t send it back, he ate it thankful for the food and it really wasn’t bad. He thought he might actually like it better than the turkey on white with mayo. He finished the sandwich before going back to his cubicle and finishing out his day.

He said goodnight to Stacy the receptionist even though she just snarled in reply and made his way to his car where he realized his keys were locked up inside. He took a deep breath and pulled his cell phone out of his pocket. No service. So back into the office to call a locksmith. Forty-five minutes later he was in his car driving down the interstate towards home.

Tonight was bible study at his house. He always hosted it on Tuesday’s. He thought about the chapter they were going to study tonight and one verse he held dear. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLV). He knew there were other ways to handle the events today, but he knew not to fret over man and the things of this world because he was rooted in the Lord, staying green and producing fruit for the Kingdom.

He seen the truck a second to late.
“Adam welcome home, come see the place I have prepared for you.”

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Sara Harricharan 10/31/09
I was waiting to see where the topic tied in on this and it finally came. It would've been easier to put the ending together if the verse had been somewhere in the middle-just a thought.

Good shock factor for the ending. I was slightly confused though, was he driving home when the truck hit him? or walking across the street to his house?

Thanks for sharing!
Marie Fink11/03/09
Well, if there were ever hints to a bad day getting worse,... and yet better, since heaven was in the picture...this was it. I wasn't sure whether you meant this to be comical or serious. I suppose it's okay for it to go either way.
Entertaining. Good work.