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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hmph! (03/04/10)

TITLE: Did you say, Angels?
By AnneRene' Capp


A True Narration

Just falling asleep, reaching that elusive dreamland of contentment, I distantly heard, “Crystal, you need to wake up.”

Refusing to open my eyes, I groggily whined, “Not now, I’m so tired, I just need to sleep.”

Again, “Crystal, it’s time for you to wake up and get out of bed.”

“I can’t, I’m just too exhausted.”

Continuing to ignore the persistent pleadings, I snatched my quilt up around my neck, rolled over, and burrowed myself deeper into my haven of warmth.

A third beckoning, “It’s time for you to wake up, get out of bed, and come with us.”

Finally annoyed, I flung off my covers and begrudgingly sat up on the edge of my bed. “What! What is it that can’t wait?”

There was no answer, only a gentle grasp upon each of my elbows as the two beings lifted me to a standing position.

Without concern, I was aware that my speaking interactions with these beings were actually thoughts; thoughts conveyed in completeness that the spoken word is incapable of expressing.

As for their appearance, I am unable to describe them with shapes and colors or male and female, for my eyesight was of a spiritual nature. I just knew they were in my presence and I theirs.

Gliding slowly, barely above the floor, we entered the living room where they gently set me down in front of our picture window.

Not seeing anything unusual, I became irritated and turned toward the two beings. “What is it you want me to see? There’s nothing here!”

“Look outside, behind the drapes.”

Conscious that I had not yet actually opened my eyes until this point, I resentfully lifted the edge of the drapes and peered outside. Flames were engulfing our front porch. As I turned around to call out to my family, I realized the beings were gone.

“Fire! Our house is on fire. Paul, Megan, wake up!”

Racing into the living room together, Paul took control. “Megan, go to our designated safety spot in the back yard and Crystal, call 911, while I get the hose and try to put out the flames.”

Once the fire was out, the Fire Chief approached us.
“Although you have minimal damage to your home, you were incredibly lucky.

The smoke from the flames had just reached your attic and normally when this happens, most families sleep right through the fire, because the smoke incapacitates them before the flames ever reach them.”

Holding our smoke alarm in his hand, he continued, “We also noticed that your smoke alarm didn’t go off.” Interjecting, I said, “I just put a new battery in it last week, tested it and it worked.” He pushed the manual button on it and sure enough, it worked…then.

“Unbelievable, I don’t know what else to say, except that you were simply lucky all the way around. Just out of personal curiosity, were you up at the time you discovered the fire?”

“No, actually all of us had been in bed for several hours.” Now looking at me inquisitively, Paul finished, “It was my wife who got us all up.”

Turning to me, the Fire Chief asked, “What did make you get up when you did?”

“Honestly, I was physically awakened by Angels from God.”

While making his way to the front door, he slowly shook his head as if he were in disbelief. “Humph, well, whatever it was, I’m glad you folks are alright,” and he left.

“Go ahead Paul; you and Megan go back to bed. I need some quiet time with the Lord.”

Turning off the lights, to absorb the beauty of the electric moonlit rays filtering into our living room, I settled myself onto the couch.

My heart was heavy; I felt saddened by the Fire Chief’s reaction to my confession of God sending fourth His angels to spare us.

Finding solace in Isaiah 55:11, I pondered; yes, perhaps I was a vessel God had used to speak His word that would not return to Him void, and my testimony was in fact, only a small part of God currently working in his life.

Turning my thoughts to the angelical beings and my childish resistance to them, a barrage of shame began to overwhelm me.

However, before I was able to indulge myself in a torrent of guilt, the Holy Spirit saturated me with an extreme sense of forgiveness and understanding, to which I conclude, “Hallelujah, Glory to God in the Highest, and Amen.”

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Pamela Kliewer03/11/10
Amen!! Well written. You kept engaged throughout.

One small spelling detail - you want forth instead of fourth - I've made these kinds of mistakes too.

Being pretty sure I've had an angel sent by God to minister to me, I enjoyed this thoroughly.
Verna Mull 03/11/10
God has given His angels to watch over us and keep us in all of our ways. This is a great testimony. Loved it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/12/10
An excellent story about the miracles of God and His angels. good job.
Barbara Lynn Culler03/14/10
Awesome story- did it really happen?
Maria Kana Santos03/15/10
Amazing true happening! You kept me engaged to the end. I believe too, that God commands His angels to watch over His flock that love Him and fear Him (Psalm 34)

I enjoyed your writing very much. Keep it up.
Blessings of more stories to tell for His glory. :)
Bryan Ridenour03/15/10
Well written. Reminds me of God's protective Hand upon His kids. Biographical? Good job!
william price03/15/10
Love angel stories and this one didn't disappoint. God is so good. I love reading anything that reminds me of his great mercy and grace. Nice job. God bless.
Sarah Elisabeth 03/15/10
Wow, that is quite a story! We may never know when the seeds we plant will grow or who will harvest them. Thanks for sharing this incredible story!
Ruth Stromquist03/15/10
This account was great at holding my interest and glorifying God. You handled dialogue and description both very well. Concerning, "Finding solace in Isaiah 55:11" though -- I found myself wanting to know what that verse says without having to go look it up. (Lazy, I know, but I'm likely not the only one of your readers who is.) Did you know that you can put the Scripture down in Author's notes, and that it won't count on your 750 Word Count limit? Here, you could just put an asterisk by 'finding solace in Isaiah 55:11*' and then at the end of your story, put a small line or something to set it off, and Write "Author's Notes:" Then you can put the words of the Scripture in quotes, and what Bible version it is. This is OK in the rules, from my understanding, so long as you don't "overdo it". :-)
Catrina Bradley 03/15/10
I'm glad you said it was a true story, or (I'm ashamed to confess) I'd have said, "Hmph," too. Amazing testimony! Thanks for sharing.
Sarah Elisabeth 03/18/10
Yay, Anne Rene', congrats on your 7th place!