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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)

By esther robinson


Frustration squeezed Princess, a skilled surgeon in Gynecology and Obstetrics. It sucked her strength even as she returned home. Caressing the curls over her shoulders, Prince said, “Honey! You’re dull. What’s the matter?” She forced a smile. “Hadasah, my friend has got placement in a Middle East country.”

“Can this good news upset her? Of course she’ll miss her friend’s physical presence, but ample electronic communication helpers are available. It’s something else that bothers her.” He, an engineer, was perplexed. Princess normally never reveals the root cause for her sadness. She would throw a few hints and expect Prince to solve the puzzle. However, it became explicit after sometime.

One day, Princess performed a major operation for Merlin, her cousin who visited them from Middle East. After recovery, Merlin adding fuel to the fire praised her dexterity. “Princy! You’re simply superb. A person of your caliber should not waste away in this small mission hospital. How much do you earn here?” Princess became pale with embarrassment. “Just give me a nod. The best job will knock at your door.” She promised.

A month elapsed. While checking the mail, a cream coloured envelope caught her attention. Immediately she picked it. Stamps of a Middle East Country smiled at her. Tearing it, she hurried through the contents. It contained the fruit she lusted for. An appointment order!

“A single sign will turn my life upside down. I’ll fly higher than all my friends. At last, fortune fairy is smiling at me.” With such thoughts, holding the key for a bright future she rushed shouting, “Sweetheart! Merlin has kept her promise.”

Prince thoughtfully scanned it. Finally he dropped it on a table saying, “Honey! I am not interested.” A series of killer waves like Tsunami, Katrina, and Rita slashed the shores of her heart. “My husband is highly irresponsible. I wonder if he ever thinks about his three children and me. There is no bank balance. How will I bring up three girls? What benefits will I get from this mission hospital? My friend Linda, who left abroad two years ago, has built a beautiful bungalow. Margaret and Susan who left just last year, own two houses and three new cars each. Oh! How I longed for this placement. Now when I expect my husband to double my joy, he shows a long face.”

She peeked into the eyes of Prince with a plea. “My dear! Please adjust for two years. This opportunity promises our happiness.” Anger sparkled in his eyes. “Honey! Don’t expect my concurrence. ‘The desire for money is the root of all evil.’” Princess raised her voice. “Do you think that only you can quote Scriptures? Remember this: ‘Money answers everything.’”

On the last day for signing the appointment order, Princess fasted and prayed. “Lord! Please change my husband’s mind. Let him say ‘Go!’ Bible says a wife must submit to her husband. I am waiting for a green signal from him. Have mercy on me.” Nothing changed.

Afternoon, Princess changed her strategy of approaching God. “Lord! If I get this opportunity, I promise a huge sum for the extension of Your kingdom on earth. Please let my husband utter ‘Go!’

In royal red light emblazoned the word ‘No’. God personally spoke with Princess. “My daughter! I have bought you with My blood. I don’t want your money but I want you.” His question was direct. “Will you spread My love and compassion through the talents that I’ve given You in the same place where you are?” His promises were sure. “You will not lack any good thing.” With tears Princess submitted to God’s will. She partially experienced the struggle at the garden of Gethsemane.

The following is a note from Princess’s diary.

“I thank God. The moment I surrendered my life into the loving hands of the Lord, He promised a life of fulfillment for me. All my three daughters are post-graduates, happily settled. When I look back, I sigh over the unnecessary worries and burdens I had carried then. God elevated me in the same small mission hospital. Through me, He converted the hospital into a multi-special one with thousand beds. I testify God’s glory in innumerable platforms. My friends whom I envied earlier call me “Blessed Princess.” They say, “You have God’s blessing without addition of the tax called sorrow.” What more do I want in life? After forty years of fruitful service I hear this echo. Your life is ‘God’s fulfillment’ for your obedience.”

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Jan Ackerson 04/17/06
I love the way that Princess finally yielded to God.

I was a bit "thrown" by the names of your main characters; for a while I was thinking that they were actual royalty. I wonder if more conventional names would make this piece more read-able.

Good way to use the topic word.