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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bark is Worse than His/Her Bite (10/17/13)

TITLE: No Fooling With
By Dawn Winston


No Fooling With
My God is not a God who messes around. If my God barks, I expect his bite to match… exactly. With Abraham, however, God tells him he will destroy Sodom, I expect my God to obliterate it as promised. But Abraham questions the living God.

Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing - to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" Genesis 18:23-25

Abraham talks as a child who knows he is loved by his father. He is like a child old enough, bold enough to stand up and insist on his father doing right by all.

My father was not a man to mess around. He was an honorable man who did not like nor believe in, nor agree with God. His only discipline was a piercing look or snapping comment. That was all that was needed. One day in the back yard he stood over me and calmly pronounced that he would go out, find and kill a pusher if I, or my brother or sister ever tried drugs. There was no question; no doubt he would do exactly that. It was just understood he was crazy enough to do it. Quiet spoken, his bite matched his bark. We never saw it, but we were sure of it.

I went to college on the opposite coast and corner of the country. There I tried some drugs. They were dull compared to the madness in my brain, so no worries of addiction there. I later worked in a marijuana farm, not rebelliously, just hoping for money enough for another year in school, (and, ok, some adventure.) My father was far away mentally and physically. I shrugged his threat off. I never thought what he might do to me, knowing I was the most dangerous, vile type of person in the world to him.
We are fortunate to have a merciful God whose bark is sometimes worse that his bite.

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C D Swanson 10/24/13
Thank you for sharing this entry with us. It resonated truth and was powerful in its content.

God bless~
Amelia Brown 10/24/13
You wrote an interesting piece. It seemed like there were three different stories going on though. Using transitions will help to tie each aspect of your story together. Example: moving from your heavenly father to your earthly father, you could say something like, "My earthly father also has a bark to be recon with" or "My birth father also has a bark that match his bite." etc. Good job on writing on topic however.
Larry Whittington10/26/13
Yes, there was no fooling around with God in the time of Noah or with Sodom and Gomorrah.

We can't really expect any today. He is just patient wanting people to repent before the time is right.

Interesting life story and I assume you do know, love and obey God at this point in your life.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/27/13
This piece elicited all kinds of emotions in me. I'm so glad that Jesus died for our sins. Sometimes it is hard to believe someone can love me that much. He does though and we are so blessed.
PamFord Davis 10/28/13
Insightful message. Yes, God means what he says and says what he means. The story of Abraham pleading for mercy is a favorite. Keep Winging His Words!