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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blowout (04/28/11)

TITLE: 30 Minutes and Counting
By Caitlin Dea


30 minutes and counting... “I don't know what I'm gonna do,” I muttered, as I drove my rusty old Ford down the driveway. The drive to work was only half an hour, but I needed like a billion hours to figure out this situation. It was my boss. He is a complete jerk. I just can't deal with it anymore. The constant yelling, unfathomable expectations, and now threats of “cutting the deadwood.” I AM NOT DEADWOOD!

“Lord, please help me,” I said, now beginning to realize Who could help me the most. Why do people like Robert (that's my boss) seem to be in charge. I just can't handle this. Maybe I should just quit. I do not know what to do.

20 minutes left. Ugh, I've driven 10 minutes already! I wish I could buy some time. I guess I shouldn't run away. I AM NO COWARD. Robert can't eat me. He may fire me, but he can't eat me.

17 minutes ... “Oh Lord, please show me the best way to get through this,” I said in a somewhat shaky voice. “I don't know how I'm gonna provide for Lori and the kids if this job doesn't come through for me. Please find a way out or a way through, Lord, but let me not give up,” I prayed now wishing that I could close my eyes in reverence.

15 minutes .... I feel much better now about everything. It's amazing what talking to the Lord can do. Sure, Robert didn't get zapped off the planet, but I know the God whom I serve is way bigger than that guy, better yet, He is so great He has already overcome the world! With the Lord's help I AM GONNA GET THROUGH THIS.

10 minutes ... I am still gonna have to talk to him. I still have to try to please Robert. I CAN'T PLEASE ROBERT! Maybe I'm not up to this after all. What was I thinking? I can't go through with this.

7 minutes ... Wait a second! I am not going to quit. What was that Bible verse again? Oh right, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Yes, take a deep breath and leave the rest to the Lord. THE LORD IS HERE FOR ME!

5 minutes ... Who would park on the shoulder like that? Oh, someone must be having car trouble. A Lexus? Hey that kind of looks like... No, it can't be... He should be at work already.

“Hey Robert! Are you okay?” I said trying hard to sound friendly. My boss was a little shocked at who had stopped. The responses he uttered were a lot of mumbles and nods of shock and awe so the one sided conversation went as follows:

“A double tire blowout?...

How long have you been sitting there?...

It's 7:00. Don't you head in to work around 6:00?...

Oh, I thought you had someone to call...

Hop in. You look like you need a coffee...

Yeah, just move the paperwork, I haven't been organized lately...”

3 minutes ... After Rob (he told me just to call him Rob, I know weird right?), had his coffee the conversation went a little more two sided. He still held a sense of shock so his words didn't sound as educated (or arrogant) as usual.

“Church? Oh yeah I go to church. Every Sunday if fact...

You used to go to church? Hmm... never heard of that one...

Oh you think that is how to get to Heaven? What church did you say you went to

Oh right. I actually have heard of that one. No, my church never played softball with them...

I believe, but more importantly, the Bible says that admitting you are a sinner, believing in Jesus Christ as Redeemer, and repenting of your sins to Him will give you eternal life in Heaven...

Yes, we learned that in church, but really it's from the Bible...

You don't have a Bible? Oh, you can borrow mine...

Well Robert...-er- Rob here we are. I'll drop you off here and then go park in the parking garage.

Sure, we can do lunch. Bye...

I have arrived and the battle was won before I stepped a foot on the premises. "Thank you Lord... Thank you.”

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Kate Oliver Webb 05/06/11
This was fun - and serious, too. Isn't that just like God to pull something like that? You told it well, and I really enjoyed it.
Virgil Youngblood 05/06/11
We are just along for the ride, aren't we? God has a plan that we may not always see. I enjoyed your story.
Laury Hubrich 05/08/11
Awesome entry and now I'm smiling:) Certainly didn't go the way I thought it would. Very good story and your title is perfect.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/10/11
This was a fun piece to read. I liked the jumble of thoughts going through the MC's head.
Jennifer Hill05/11/11
God has a wonderful sense of humor and great plans for us! I enjoyed your story- and how your character was given the chance to share about Jesus:) If more bosses really knew him, the world would be a nicer place!
Julie Andre 05/12/11
Great story! I enjoyed the countdown, and the things that fear does to our minds.Keep on writing.
Dr. Michael Cochran 05/12/11
Congratulations on your 8th place ranking.Love the way you showed how quickly God is willing to move on our behalf. Loved it!!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/13/11
Congratulations for placing 8th in level one!