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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Orange (the color) (11/19/09)

TITLE: Blame the Vitamin C
By Neneng Masaya


9:15 a.m.

Dear Journal,

Argh!!! Of all days that this should happen. On-call work is pretty unstable a lot of the time, but when you have no work for three weeks already, of course that’s the time you really begin to wish you had permanent work. And then when you’re finally booked to work for three days straight, how disappointing when you have to call in sick the second day!! Blame that vitamin C….

My alarm went off at 6:30am this morning, and, as usual, I just lay there for a while, relishing in the thought of my work for the day. And then…yeah, I suddenly felt a bit sick. Which was so weird, coz I rarely do. Looking back on what I ate the day before, I could only suspect one thing: an overdose on the vitamin C. I think my body finally found its limit that morning as to how much vitamin C I can take, before…yeah, before feeling a bit sick. But just to be sure, (just in case an overdose wasn’t the problem, you know), I rang up the childcare centre, and told them I wouldn’t be able to make it today. That was at 7:20am.

Around ten minutes later, the phone rang. Now, when I had started on-call work, I’d set the ringtone to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” for all the childcare centres I’m registered at. This morning, I didn’t exactly feel it was a good idea.

“Hello...oh…I would love to work, but I’m not feeling that well today…Thanks for the call, though.”

Mom was so sweet. She made some rice water broth just for me.

And as I was eating that, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” started again. Not again! Please!! Not a third one to decline….

But, yeah, a third one to decline. Argh!! Blame the vitamin C. Now I really wished I hadn’t had that large glass of freshly squeezed orange juice last night. That just might have been the one glass that proved too much on my system.

Eight-fifteen. I felt I was getting better. I pulled my Bible toward me, and had a talk with the Lord.

Eight-thirty-five. I felt much better.

Eight-fifty. I was better. I really suspect now that it was just a vitamin C overdose.

Nine o’clock. The time I was supposed to start work today, but wasn’t going to be able to, coz I’d cancelled it at 7:20am. I don’t mind it that much anymore, though.

You know, my initial reaction was disappointment that I wouldn’t be able to work today. And then when the sickness was short-lived, of course I felt more disappointment at the mere thought that I could have worked today.

But now I really thank God for what happened.

You know why? Coz I realized again that God is sovereign. Whether I think a certain situation is good or bad, He always has my best in mind.

Apart from this, I was so thankful that He would remind me that it’s really only by His grace and mercy alone that I have and live each day...and even have work. As I read in Lamentations 3:22 this morning, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.” Any time God wants, He could wipe us off the face of the earth. But then, He doesn’t, even though we deserve it. Coz, if you think about it, we certainly don’t deserve any of His goodness, grace, and mercy. Who are we, that God is so mindful of us? Three calls for work on the day I’m sick, soon after three weeks of no work....Who was I to complain that God would allow this to happen? Who am I to accept good from the Lord, and not “evil”?

I just had this sense of awe coz I saw the Lord’s working in it all. He spoke to my heart, saying that I must depend solely on Him for my sustenance; not on man, health, or material wealth. That He must be my all in all….That He allows all that He does, to mold me more and more into the likeness of His dear Son.

So you know, Journal, I really can’t blame the vitamin C. It was God teaching me about His sovereignty, and the power of His mercy and grace. And love.

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Marie Fink11/28/09
This piece is a good example of God's mercy and grace. "Coz" is actually a shortened noun for "cousin". What you are using could be written as, 'cause, which would be a contraction for because. Good work.
Sarah Elisabeth 12/07/09
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