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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: 24 Hours (01/27/11)

TITLE: The World Never Sleeps
By Christine Cain


Waking in the night Pamela wondered what the strange whooshing noise was in the distance. Could it be trains passing through the village station bearing goods for London or transporting the Mail racing for the sorting offices. Her detached bungalow on the edge of Northbridge village was in such a quiet idyllic place that any unusual sound immediately demanded attention. Suddenly the penny dropped and she realised it was the newly released Motorway two miles away with the cars and lorries pelting along even at 3am in the morning, the direction of the wind enhancing the traffic noise. She felt a momentary rush of sadness, almost panic and she felt her stomach sink at the thought of the beautiful countryside that had been cut through for this manic road. It dawned upon her that the silence was broken forever.

How life had changed from when she was a girl, it seemed so much faster these days, more pressure, competitiveness, impatience. As she lay cocooned and warm in her cosy duvet she recalled memories of her childhood. Bill the postman whistling as he rode along on his bike cheerily greeting all and sundry, Alf the milkman delivering his daily pintas and checking that all his customers were ok, curtains opened and empties on the doorstep. Tradesmen all delivering to the door with groceries, bread, fish, even dressmaking materials and curtaining. Everyone had time for one another, to chat, to care, to share a cup of tea or coffee. It was all in a day’s work and a much more laid back and less stressful way of life.

Perhaps it was because at seventy-five years of age Pam herself had slowed down and the pace of life today was impossible for her to keep up with, to take on board the vast changes in technology, currency, shopping, plus the cost and modern style of living and all the new fangled things as she called them. She glanced across at her husband Joe breathing deeply as he slept blissfully, totally unaware of any disturbance. Typical man she thought. Smiling she acknowledged how fortunate it was that they had shared 51 years of marriage and been blessed with four beautiful children, two girls and two boys and nine grandchildren. All the family seemed to take life in their stride and were mostly unfazed by the 24 hour world and compulsion to keep up.

Only last week their eldest son flew out to Dubai in the middle of the night for a business meeting. That was quite a normal occurrence with the family and their different commitments. The world is like a merry-go-round Pamela thought, it never stops, it never sleeps. Then she had a warming and comforting word come to her spirit ‘the One who watches over you will not slumber’ Psalm 121v3b NLT.

“Yes Lord“, Pamela responded, you never sleep or become unavailable to any who call upon you throughout the day or night, all over the world. “You are worthy of praise Lord for your constant care and love and watchfulness twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, even on a Sunday.” Suddenly, with a quickening in her spirit she felt content again and the distant drone of moving traffic didn’t seem quite such a problem anymore.

Further words of scripture were speaking to her from James 1v17 NLT ’Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.’ She breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever’ Heb 13v8 NLT, how grateful she was for the reminder. With that reassurance embedded in her heart Pamela joined her husband in blissful, untroubled and refreshing sleep.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/04/11
This is a nice message, I liked how your MC noticed the changing world, but still appreciated that some things never change.
Mildred Sheldon02/05/11
I loved how your MC pointed out how the world changed since she was young, and I love how she heard the voice of God and immediately felt His peace.
diana kay02/06/11
lovely descriptive writing and i liked the idea of the changing world and the foundational truths of Gods unchanging love. :-)
Virgil Youngblood 02/08/11
An enjoyable read with beautiful word pictures and devotional thoughts.