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Topic: Don’t Look Back (04/19/12)
By Ellen Carr
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Amy walked alone, slowly, lightly. There was time, plenty of time. It was peaceful and nothing interrupted her solace.
Then she heard them, the footsteps. Something or someone was padding along behind her. She was being followed. An icy shiver ran down her spine. She paused, and the footsteps paused. She moved on and they moved on. Her heart beat fast and loud. Surely the following presence could hear it. She dare not stop or look behind her. Deep inside her a voice whispered, 'Don't look back!' On she walked, willing her feet to a nonchalant and even pace.
Fear gripped her soul, turning her breath into silent screams. There was no one to call to, no other being existed in the maze of city byways.
'Turn the corner,' said the voice inside her, 'but don't look back.' She turned right by the misty light of a street lamp and entered a jungle. Green overwhelmed her, vines hung from encroaching trees. Ferns spread their verdant tendrils towards her. The path narrowed to a scarcely-visible track. But the footsteps continued behind her.
A scream rose to her throat and tried to escape...
'Are you awake Mrs Rose? It's alright. Everything's fine. You've come through the operation magnificently and you're in the recovery room now. I think you were dreaming.' Someone was there. Someone had come to help.
Amy opened her eyes and saw a smiling face. She saw white walls, instruments. There seemed to be tubes attached to her. She closed her eyes and let herself drift slowly back to consciousness and safety. All was well. Gentle waves of joy swept over her.
'I'm alive,' she whispered. 'I'm free and I'm safe. I survived the operation.' Her thoughts ran back to the nightmare and she turned them into a prayer.
'Thank you Lord, for taking away the menace that was following me. I know within that I'm whole. I'm on a recovery road with you. And I won't look back.'
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