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Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: Fire in the Soul
By KAREN FASIG
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The blue-faced tirade continued for another fifteen minutes. Doesn’t she ever run out of breath? I watched in horror as the veins on her neck threatened to burst. Talk about uncontrollable anger; I never knew vocal cords could create that much volume. She’ll be hoarse for a week. The fire that flashed from her eyes singed my heart.
Maybe I should turn around and walk away. No, that’ll probably make her madder. I guess it’s better to stand here and take the verbal abuse hoping it’ll pass soon. Ice began to surround my emotions and deafness overtook my ears. Life is sure going to be tough living with this shrew.
I didn’t notice the change right away. Then one day it hit me, she isn’t screaming anymore. No matter what I do she doesn’t yell. I took a closer look and discovered a myriad of subtle changes I hadn’t noticed before. She seemed to smile more, she laughed more, and the lines in her face had softened. There was something very different about this woman I’d married.
The question entered my mind, when did all this take place? Pondering this question for awhile I decided it had started with her attending church. I vaguely remembered her telling me about meeting Jesus Christ. She’d invited me to church on several occasions and I’d thought about it, but God didn’t have anything to offer me.
The ice around my emotions began to melt as the transformation from shrew to saint continued.
The smile inched up the corners of her mouth as she discussed the problems of the day. I tried to focus on the words, but my thoughts kept wandering to the inner beauty that shown from her eyes. No matter what trouble we’d had over the last years she’d always kept a smile in her heart and a kind word of encouragement for me.
Not to say that she doesn’t get angry, believe me she does, but it is an anger that is directed toward correcting whatever the problem is, not one of vengeance and regret. I praise God for this woman he gave me, and that he changed that fire in her soul from anger, to a love for the things of God, because without her meeting Jesus so long ago and standing on his promises, I’d be headed for hell.
Corinthians 7:13 - And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
Corinthians 7:16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? … KJV
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