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

TITLE: God 'Nose" What I Need
By Andrea Van Ye


A predicament? Initially, I didnt think so.

Rather, I thought it was a series of unfortunate events.

After my teenage daughter experienced two gut wrenching episodes of kidney stone attacks in one week, one requiring a trip to the ER and the other a hospitalization for pain

I fell out of bed and broke my nose.

Its rather embarrassing, really and sad. What forty-seven year old mother falls out of bed? I mean, Im in pretty good athletic shape, relatively coordinated, and well, usually I do not fall, let alone out of bed.

Im not sure what happened.

The last thing I remember before hitting the floor was saying to myself, I am getting a headache. I think I better get out of bed and make a pot of coffee.

Then the next thing I heard felt was a crunch across my face.

I jumped up and ran to the bathroom sink, screaming, I broke my nose! I broke my nose!

My husband was gone. My children came running. Visions of Marsha Brady getting hit with a football on an ancient episode of the Brady Bunch danced through my head.

With swollen nose, purplified (my word) eyes and an equally bruised ego, I slothed through the weekend, eventually finding myself in the operating room, under general anesthesia for a closed reduction of my nasal fracture.

Its been one of those weeks.

I flipped through my Bible this morning, searching for some encouragement. Why was I feeling like God was distant? Had He forgotten that I had something special for my daughter this weekend? Wasnt it enough that I was trying to help her through a difficult time and care for the other children?

The Lord brought me to Psalm 46:5 (NIV), God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

Not funny, Lord. I know You have a sense of humor, but Im not laughing. I fell at the break of day, and I broke my nose. Were you there?

So, this is my predicament will I trust God that He loves me or will I give up?

Will I see this as Holy Ground? Has the Lord brought me to this place of humility in order to show me more of Him? Will I look for Him? Will I trust Him? Will I slip of my sandals and face His radiance?

A friend posts on Facebook a note to me, God nose what you need.

Now, I laugh. I choose to trust and wait and see what He has for me, knowing that He nose just what I need.

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Jean C Prentice03/08/12
I enjoyed your article, especially the new word "purplified" some how or another it seems fitting with what you were going through.
Keep up the good work.
Cynthia Carter03/08/12
I loved your story. It reminded me of two weeks ago when I had a dentist appt. and read this in Psalms "Open your mouth wide and I will fill it." How does our God do it? How does He keep up with us all? It's like little notes in our lunch boxes of life. Yes God 'Nose'.Good job with your writing.
C D Swanson 03/10/12
Ouch! The poor MC...Ouch.

This was witty and creative at once. I loved the way the MC spoke. Great job of internalizing her inner thoughts.

The Lord "Nose" I loved this!
Great job.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/10/12
I like your sense of humor. The verse...the break of day had me laughing out loud. God does have a sense of humor for sure. You did a great job with this piece.
Laura Manley03/11/12
This is one of the funniest entries I have read. And the title is absolutely perfect! I think I was just about your age when I was staying with my sister; rolled over one morning and down I came. Fortunately, I broke nothing and we both had a good laugh. You have a great sense of humor and without much, if any, dialogue, it kept my interest. I really enjoyed this.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/15/12
Congratulations for placing 8th in level 1!