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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)

TITLE: Trusting The Lord
By Michael Metz


Water cascaded down his throbbing face as he lifted himself out of the large puddle. The rain pelted Devon so hard on the back of the head as if to be pushing him back down. He felt a powerful hand grab a fist-full of his shirt, he was flipped like a pancake.

“GET UP!” the angry voice shouted at Devon. The wind shot beads of rain into his face. Something was said in a language he didn’t understand, followed by, “Get up and renounce Jesus!” Fear began to swell throughout Devon’s spirit.

The young boy started running in the yard. He heard the voice of his father, “Here it comes, Devon. You can do it!” Devon spotted the football in the corner of his eye, adjusted his route, put out his arms when the ball smacked his forearms. Devon clutched the ball tightly.

Devon heard something being said that he didn’t understand followed by the translation, “GET UP NOW OR I SHOOT BENWALI!” Devon was understanding what was happening. He and Benwali, his translator, were going to deliver some recently translated New Testament Bibles when the bad weather rolled in. Their vehicle lost control and they drove off an embankment getting thrown from the vehicle. Amidst the driving rain and howling wind was added the unmistakable “click” of a gun being cocked.

“Ann do you take Devon to be your lawfully wedded husband to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part?” “I do.”

Devon groaned, holding his stomach, trying to buy some time; praying the Lord would give him guidance. Pain shot through his side; he realized he must have cracked a rib. Somehow Devon knew there would not be a “Superman” moment in this situation. A flash of lightning was followed by a thundous “ANSWER ME!” As Devon worked to get to his feet he realized the fear in his spirit was being washed away with courage.

“Devon, I wish I could go with you.“ Ann spoke weakly as she was still recovering from her appendicitis. Devon’s mother came in the room with a light lunch, “Just be glad you weren’t on the mission trip when your appendix almost ruptured. If we didn’t get you to the hospital when we did it would have ruptured for sure.” Ann stared deep into Devon’s eyes, “Know that I’ll be with you in spirit.’ Her lip quivered as she closed with, “I so love you, Devon.”

“Renounce Jesus! Pack up your things an go!" Devon drew in a deep breath and with clinched teeth pushed out, “No.” An explosive pop echoed through the jungle.

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Pamela Calhoun03/08/12
Wow! Beautifully written!
Laura Manley03/08/12
What a predicament Devon was in! Your flashbacks were intriguing, yet a little distracting. Your ending has me speechless because of course, we know what happened and I am almost grieving for Devon at this moment. So many missionaries from our church have gone through some extreme trials as of late and this reminds me of what they do for us; they are our arms, legs and our voices. Excellent story!
C D Swanson 03/09/12
Oh my gosh! This was so powerful What an amazing story and an amazing MC.

Loved the flashbacks to the "happier days" of his life. Wow. Great job with this. Excellent. Thank you.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/09/12
You did a nice job painting a picture with your words. I admit I had a hard time following the story. I think that maybe Devon was dying in the jungle and was flashing back over his life. Perhaps my brain is just not processing. Make sure when someone new is speaking that you start a new paragraph each time even if it's one word. I liked your message. It's a wonderful story of things missionaries go through. There are things happening that I can't even begin to imagine.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/15/12
Congratulations for placing 6th in level 1!