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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: An Opened Window
By Lauryn Abbott


“Hello”, Laura answered her phone on the second ring.

“Laura, its Ginny. Do you have a minute?” asked Ginny, sounding very upset.

“Yes Ginny, of course. What’s wrong?”

Ginny knew that if anyone could help her to feel better it was her best friend Laura. They’d been best friends since high school, and now here they were almost 30. Nothing really had changed between them, even though Laura had gotten married two years ago and was expecting her first child.

“It’s the job in Denver. I didn’t get it. I know it would have been hard leaving, but it was so perfect for me. The money and benefits were great and it wouldn’t have been so far from home that I couldn’t come back often. I wanted this so badly and I prayed so hard for this to work out and now it hasn’t. What am I going to do?” Ginny sounded as if she was on the verge of tears.

“Oh Ginny, I’m so sorry! I know how much you wanted that job. It would have been perfect for you. I really wish I could help you. But you know, when God closes a door…”

“He opens a window”, finished Ginny. “I know that. And I know that He has plans for me, to give me a hope and a future, blah, blah blah. I just wish He would include me in those plans.”

“Alright Ginny Beth, you know that God is NOT in the consulting business”, Laura laughed. “Trust Him. He’s never let you down before has He?”

Ginny knew Laura was right. But why was He keeping her here?


“Hello”, Laura answered her phone on the second ring.

“Laura, hi, its Ginny. Do you have a minute?” asked Ginny, sounding excited.

“Yeah, the baby’s napping. What’s up?” Laura responded.

“I met someone special. He’s really great and fits almost every requirement I have on my list that I’ve been praying for.” Ginny was practically giggling with excitement.

“Almost?” asked Laura

“He’s tall, and of course very handsome. He has a good job, a great personality, is really smart and he makes me laugh a lot. He has blonde hair instead of brown, but I guess I can live with that. He enjoys hiking like I do – in fact I met him in my hiking club. But the best part is he’s a Christian! His name is Alex, he just moved here and he’s looking for a good church” Ginny gushed.

“Wow, he does sound like a good catch”, said Laura, hoping that this time he was as good as he sounded. “When do we get to meet him?”

“Well, I was hoping that we could all get together on Sunday after church for a barbeque. How does that sound?”

“Sounds great. Be at our house at 2:00 and we’ll grill him, uh no, we’ll grill the steaks and talk to him”, Laura replied.

Ginny laughed, “I know you meant it the first way. You and John always grill my dates, but I just know you’ll like him. I’ll bring the pasta salad and dessert. We’ll see you on Sunday!”


Ginny and Laura were alone together getting ready. Even the air seemed to be filled with excitement. Laura looked at Ginny and was truly delighted for her.

“Ginny, you look beautiful”, Laura said, with tears in her eyes. “I’m so happy for you. Alex is a great guy and I just know that you two are going to have a strong and loving Kingdom marriage.”

“Thank you, Laura. Can you believe it’s finally here? I’m getting married! To an amazing guy! It took me an awful long time, and I’ve had more than my share of frogs, but I finally got my prince! Isn’t God good?”

“God IS good!” said Laura. “He always knows what He is doing, doesn’t He? You know what I was thinking the other day? I was thinking about the job in Denver and how if you’d gotten it…”

“Yeah,” interrupted Ginny, “I was thinking about that too. If I had gone to Denver, I never would have met Alex. I remember being so disappointed, but I guess God closed that door so he could open this amazing, wonderful, too-good-to-be-true window. He really did have plans to give me a hope and a future, didn’t He?”

“He sure did. Come on Ginny Beth, let’s go. You’re getting married, and your prince is waiting for you!”

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Marilyn Schnepp 03/08/08
What a beautiful love story, and it's right on target topic-wise, too. Very fun read and nicely written. Good job all around!
c clemons03/08/08
Good job, wished it would have had a twist or two but writing was good.
Joanne Sher 03/08/08
Sweet story - it warmed my heart. Great title too - and right on topic.
Kristen Hester03/09/08
Oh, I love a love story. This is very sweet and on topic. Nice job.
Sara Harricharan 03/12/08
This is an excellent example of closed doors and open windows, I SO loved it! It was light-hearted and easy to read with a cute ending...with a cute guy. lol. So fun to read, great job with your characters. ^_^
Celeste Ammirata03/12/08
Great story. Very well written. You kept my interest from start to finish. It's amazing, the plans that God has for us, isn't it? Thanks for this reminder.
Joshua Janoski03/12/08
I loved the references to Jeremiah 29:11. It is one of my favorite Bible verses.

I'm so glad that she didn't go to Denver. Being from Colorado, I don't think that there is any romantic love to be found in that city. Colorado Springs is probably a better place to look. LOL.

Thank you for sharing!
Holly Westefeld03/12/08
If this is a true story, spicing it up might be difficult to do and still stay true to the experience. If it is fiction, it could use some more conflict, or a twist, or something to take it out of the realm of the ordinary. Don't get me wrong. I love stories with fairy tale endings.
The other thing that comes to mind probably results from the nature of these topics, but watch out for cliches such as the door and window, and the frog kissing. With this topic, even some Bible verses have started seeming cliched to me this week, and that's bad. Please don't take this jaded two cents too seriously.
And I mustn't forget to say how much I like the humor you injected in to this story!
Glynis Becker03/12/08
Good dialogue and I always love a story with a happy ending. Fun read.
Jan Ackerson 03/12/08
Very sweet...

...and although sweet is nice, one of the most important elements of a short story is conflict; it's what draws your readers in.

Teens will love this--it definitely will appeal to those of any age who are romantic at heart.