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Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)
TITLE: Ashley's Revenge
By Kimberly Mitchell
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Ashley remembered the small object, a ladybug stuck to a piece of chewing gum struggling to stay alive. “I wonder how long it’s been there,” she said tenderly as she reached down and gently lifted it up . Robert quipped “Only you would risk your life for a dumb bug.” Ashley ignored his remarks.
She had started the Rescue Lady bug club a month ago and surprisingly had accumulated a few members. That evening the R.L.B.C. held a meeting at Ashley’s home. Pow! Ashley wacked the desk with the wooden mallet. “The meeting will now come to order,” she yelled above the annoying chattering. Finally there was silence. “We will now say our Lady Bug pledge.” “All ladybugs need a hug, not a one should be treated as a slug. Every lady bug needs a home, not a one should be left alone. I will be the one to take a stand, I will gladly give a hand.”
After the meeting was adjourned, Ashley rushed upstairs to her room to feed her pet ladybug, Checkers, only to found the little bug had died sometime that afternoon.
Sadly, she took Checker’s remains to the little backyard mound where the club members buried their ladybugs. Upon arriving Ashley froze in her tracks in astonishment Lady Bug Rest had been completely destroyed. Robert had practiced kicking his soccer ball on the mound. “Robert! I’ll get even with you,” screamed Ashley. That night a light flickered on in her mind. The shoes… she would hide Robert’s soccer shoes, then he would be forced to wear their older brother’s shoes which were way too big for him. She plotted her plan out then rolled over and fell asleep.
The nest morning Ashley found a pale and worried looking Robert caring his brothers shoes out the door. For a moment Ashley felt a stab of guilt, but then shrugged it off. Robert was getting what he deserved. Her plan worked just as she hoped. In a crucial point of the game, Robert gave the ball a kick and off went his shoe flying in the air. All the crowd was roaring in laughter and Ashley was experiencing her sweet revenge.
That night Ashley tried to do her daily Bible reading but could find no peace of mind. The first words she saw when she open her Bible were in Psalms 72:7 “abundance of peace” but there was no peace for Ashley. The words abundance of peace cycled through her mind. Then she heard a knock on the door. “Come in,” she whispered. Robert peered in though the crack. “Ash, I didn’t mean to trample your mound It was so late I couldn’t see clearly. I should have practiced my soccer kicks earlier, I’m sorry.” Ashley was shocked and speechless, so Robert hadn’t trotted her mound down on purpose. Ashley knew what she must do if she expected to gain the abundance of peace she so strongly desired, “Robert, I..hid..your shoes today.” There it was out, she knew he would hate her forever now, but she felt her guilt depart and replaced by the sweet peace of God, that overflowed inside of her, it was truly abundant peace. Robert was stunned at first then a flicker of anger showed in his eyes, but quickly disappeared and was replaced with admiration. “I can’t believe you had the courage to confess to me, Ash, whatever made you tell me?” Ashley smiled, and pointed toward her open Bible to Psalms 72:7 KJV. “In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.”
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