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Topic: End (02/13/06)
TITLE: An End is Really a Beginning
By Virginia Gorg
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Suli, a foreigner from another solar system, watched from above as waves destroyed this once-thriving planet. She began to formulate who would be worthy to save and take to her own planet.
There were only eleven survivors from the entire planet. Suli moved from person to person, offering them new life if they traveled with her.
Finally, there were two people left – Mark and Kari. Suli promised to return for Kari, but insisted she take Mark first. She said his strength was needed to help the other survivors.
Kari said, “You go ahead, Mark. I’ll see you on the next trip.” The couple kissed and Mark rode off with Suli, glancing back to watch the planet fade from view.
Arriving on Septus, Mark said, “You’re going back now for Kari, right?”
“Of course,” Suli replied. “I’ll also pick up that generator so we can add to our power supply here. I will be back shortly.”
A native came up to Mark. “I see you’re Suli’s new companion. Welcome to Septus.”
“Companion?” asked Mark.
“Yes. Here on Septus we maintain an exact number of people, an even number of the male and female species. There can be no discrepancy in our numbers,” replied Midian.
“But Suli just left to pick up Kari, my wife,” exclaimed Mark in alarm.
“I doubt that. She will not violate the law. I’m sure she went back for something else.” With that, Midian walked off and joined his female companion.
A short while later, Suli returned with the generator, but no Kari.
“Where’s Kari,” yelled Mark.
“I left her – it’s for the good of the people that I bring only the generator,” replied Suli. “Besides, if she comes, there will be an uneven number of people – we cannot have more women than men on this planet.”
Mark insisted Suli return to pick up Kari. “No,” Suli said. “I have chosen you as my companion and that is the way it will be.”
Mark stumbled to the ground, his head in his hands. Suli approached and remarked, “We will make a good team. Besides, the transporter cannot make another round trip. It is almost worn out and will be discarded.”
“What do you mean discarded?” Mark asked.
“When transporters use all their energy, they are destroyed and the parts used in something else. All homing devices are also destroyed and no one can ever return to the place it was.”
“You mean there is only enough power for a one-way trip? That if it goes back home, it cannot return here?”
“That’s right. You are so intelligent. I will be able to use that for my benefit,” Suli replied confidently.
Mark began to formulate a plan to steal the transporter and return home to Kari. As Suli walked away, Mark jumped up and grabbed the transporter. He turned it on as Suli yelled, “No, stop! You cannot leave me. What will I do all alone? It’s against the law!”
“Too bad,” retorted Mark. “I’m going home to Kari.”
Mark revved the transporter, leaving the planet’s atmosphere before anyone could stop him. Arriving close to home, he realized the transporter was slowing down. “Please, just get me home. I need to be with Kari.”
Mark spotted the small island where Kari was left. The transporter, totally out of power, glided to a silent stop at the end of the island.
“Kari,” Mark calls, “I’ve returned.” They ran to each other to hug and kiss.
Kari was crying as she spoke, “Suli told me she wasn’t returning and that you had agreed to stay with her. She told me I would be alone for the rest of my life.”
“That was never true. I cannot live without you.” Mark hugged Kari tightly.
“We’re all alone here now,” Kari said. “What will we do when one of us dies?”
Mark replied, “The other will take comfort in knowing that the end is only the beginning of eternity with our Lord Jesus. We will know without a doubt that we will see each other again in Heaven.”
With that, Mark and Kari headed to the shambles of houses left by the tremendous waves. They would rebuild their lives and home together, being confident that the “end of a matter is better than its beginning” (Ecclesiastes 7:8).
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