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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Thread Of Destiny
By Brenda Craig


Shafts of light filtered through the craggy dark hole as the young man choked on dead, dusty air. Shouting was useless in this forsaken place. It only depleted his meager air supply. Moldy, damp smells filled the space hinting of much needed water. Angry words drifted within earshot as his captives discussed the young man’s out spoken dreams.

“What were his brothers up to anyway?”

“Maybe it’s just a joke.”

“Yes, that’s it; a joke.”

Thinking back to the morning’s conversations he concluded one thing; payback. It will be alright, the dream in his heart assured him, in spite of the circumstance. He couldn’t help it if they were void of vision, seeing things only at face value. Shuddering, he longed for the protection his jacket could offer in this damp, muggy space.

Abruptly his thoughts were brought to an end. A seemingly endless array of hands began pulling him out with force.

“Let’s go,” they yelled.

Feet hitting the ground he shouted, “Give me my jacket.”

“Can we go home now?”

Looking up he knew his questions were answered, as a bag of coins fell with a deafening jingle at his feet, resulting in a swift jerk upward. Moving at a fast pace, dust flying, his brothers faded from view. His words, “I should’ve kept my mouth shut,” were lost among pounding hooves.

Before he could even begin to contemplate previous events, more coins were exchanged, placing him a lifetime away from his father, yet destiny whispered, “Believe.”

From favor to great reproach and back to favor he grew in wisdom and stature. The very qualities his brothers refused to recognize, like the array of arms once used to destroy him, now catapulted him to a position of greatness. The dream lived.

“Things are good,” he thought, until in the midst of loyal service, his master’s wife tried to cajole him into compromise. He refused temptation as her words rang in his ears, “Come be with me?” Responding with complete resoluteness of heart he fled, leaving his jacket behind, only to find himself in another dark hole.

Gripping the bars of the cell, his voice echoed through the prison walls, as the dream in his heart cried, “I will not give up or give in.”

His wisdom and sense of discernment gained him a place of prestige even in this place. A sense of providence in his own heart enabled him to understand the dreams of others.

“Your dream means you will live,” he told the man.

“I will remember you,” he replied with gratefulness, however, many days passed and memory faded.

Two years later, a similar circumstance arose demanding the once young mans great skill. He was remembered. A dreamer of dreams became an interpreter of dreams again. Called into the presence of the king, he spoke wisdom, for-telling the future with accuracy, setting the scene; salvation of a nation. Pits and prisons transformed themselves into pathways leading to a place of prominence.

Giving interpretation, he told the king, “A famine is coming.”

“Bring a portion of everything into the store houses,” he instructed.

Amazed, the king decreed, “Put the wise interpreter in charge. Do all he commands.”

Given authority over all the land, second only to the King, he dispensed wisdom and stored up enough for many years. When the rain dried up and the crops shriveled away, adding more grit to the blowing winds, he rose to the occasion.

“Dispense the grain, a portion to each household as needed,” he commanded.

Many came from far and wide in those years of drought and devastation. Among them were some who were very familiar. Faces once faded when pounding hooves took him away, though somewhat older, appeared suddenly before him. Memories of a bright colored jacket and a father’s love assaulted him.

“Could this be,” he wondered? Pits, prisons, bags of silver, false accusations, and unreturned favors once separating them like a mighty ocean, disappeared in the twinkling of an eye.

“They don’t recognize me!”

“Should I reveal myself?”

“I can’t expose my self to soon,” he thought.

“I will test them instead.”

Through many test, using the youngest lad among them, he sifted and proved them thoroughly.

As the day of revelation dawned, unrestrained with forgiveness flowing from his weeping heart, he cried, “It is I.”

“Be restored my brothers. Go get Father. What you meant for evil God has used for good.”

Clothed in humility, he embraced his father, and the thread of destiny remained unbroken.

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Patricia Trimarchi06/01/06
Ezcellent account of Joseph's life in the first person.Pat
Lisa Anderson06/01/06
What a brillaint story from Joseph's point of view. Well done!
Rita Garcia06/02/06
Enjoyed this look at Joseph. Good job!
Jan Ackerson 06/04/06
Really, really well written. I like your writing style a lot--it's quite unique.
Maxx .06/04/06
Nice retelling of a classic story. Very good! One thing, use your great verbal ability to really describe what the senses experience. You told us a lot ... switch that to describing what your protag is experiencing. You've got the ability to do it! Good job!
T. F. Chezum06/04/06
I also enjoyed this story. Very good job.
Martin Strom06/04/06
This is a very well written and nicely polished story. It started out being descriptive, setting the scene in the dry dusty place but it changed to become more a compentary of what was happening, though still very well written, it didn't put the reader in Josephs place anymore, they were outside reading in. That is what the other commenters were talking about when they said show rather than tell, and describe using all 5 senses to put the reader in the place of the main character.
That is the way to write a story that really grabs the reader. You obviously have a lot of writing talent with excellent word choice and vocab and polished style, and you have a huge potential for writing fantastic stories. Stick around Faith Writers (esp. on the message boards) and you will pick up some good tips for improving your story telling. That's what I am doing and my writing has improved really quickly from tips of those like Maxx and other masters. Keep at it, you will be advancing to higher levels soon.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/06/06
I loved it. Wonderful. I especially liked the line: "Pits and prisons transformed themselves into pathways leading to a place of prominence." Good job.
Valerie Routhieaux06/07/06
Very good. Not even a grammatical error that I could detect. You easily show how the smallest thing that happens in our lives, is connected to our greatest destiny. Good interpretation of the life of Joseph.
Shari Armstrong 06/08/06
You packed a lot in a little space - well done :) A nice retelling.
Noreen Ophoff08/15/06
The title drew my attention. The first few lines carried me onward. The Thread wove the story.