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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Short End of the Stick (02/20/14)

TITLE: God, The Father
By Rajeashwari Burnice


God, The Father

We are God’s children. This means God is our parent. He is, in fact, our father. And as a parent sometimes he must tell his children they can’t have something they want. Sometimes it can feel as if you are the only person being denied things. Sometimes you start to wonder what it takes to get the things you want & need in this life.

It takes faith in God and a willingness to abide by his word. So many times I have felt sorrowful because I didn’t get what I wanted; especially when I felt it was really needed. Seeing someone else get something you desire whole-heartedly is heart breaking.

Recently I was passed over for a promotion which was given to someone over whom I have seniority. After I was given the news my immediate thought was “wow—did I get a bum deal or what?” A few hours and a lot of teardrops later, I realized that I had asked my father for something and been denied. Why? Because Father knows best.

As a parent there were two things God could’ve done in this situation: (1) say no, (2) say yes and let me find out about my mistakes the hard way. The job I wanted would have meant more money, learning some new job skills, and being more involved with the clients. It also would have meant a new supervisor, a longer work day, and a change in days off.

So did I really get the short end of the stick, a bum deal? No, I think not. What I got was reminded that God is my father, my provider, my protector. He denied me this particular job for a reason and as my grandmother used to say “We’ll understand it better by and by.”

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CD Swanson 02/27/14
Great morale and truth that resonates within your short but powerful entry.

In God's time, and be it God's will. For He sees all before we do, and knows what's best for His children.

Well done, and well said.

God bless~
Toni Babcock 03/01/14
Great reminder and well-written. Thanks for sharing your struggle with "why?" we all face from time to time. I had a nice front office job that I enjoyed for several years - then lost my ability to speak clearly due to a vocal disorder. Now I clean apartments for the elderly. I love helping them tidy up their living spaces. It's not a glamorous job, but the one God has provided for me in his goodness.
elaine vanpoole 03/01/14
I love your story because I went through a similar experience. I was denied promotion after promotion, and just when the promotion fell in my lap, I denied taking it. I had to ask myself and God, did I make the right decision. Shortly thereafter, I was injured and had to be transferred to another job location. I knew then that "all things do work together for good" because my injury would have become a good reason for the agency to fire me! Thank you for sharing, and keep writing to His glory.
Larry Whittington03/03/14
Contentment is great gain. Paul was content with little or much.

Well written. Concise.