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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)

TITLE: God is in control
By Norma-Anne Hough


Tasha sang happily as she drove to classes. She loved teaching and this year her class, Grade 12 boys were a real pleasure. Naturally she had come in for teasing from the boys at times, but it was all above board.

“Oh Lord God,
You are so awesome.
Your ways are far above ours.
Grant me wisdom today,
As I teach my classes.”

She prayed as the car turned into the school grounds.

“Good morning class”.
“Good morning Miss Field”

“I trust you all had a good weekend, and that you didn’t spend too much time watching the box.” She joked.

“Today for our lifestyle period, I would like to know what your thoughts on eternity are.”
“Think about it for five minutes, and then we can share our thoughts.”

Tasha was grateful that in the private schools, mention of God was not forbidden. She had friends at the public schools who were not allowed to pray with anyone at school or even mention the name Jesus or God. She silently wondered what would come up during the discussions.

Tim put his hand up.
“Yes, Tim please share your thoughts with us.”

“Eternity is when we all die and hopefully go to heaven. Either way, heaven or hell, we shall spend eternity there. That means forever and ever. Amen” He said smiling as he sat down.

“Do you believe in heaven and if so, what do you think it will be like?”

“Hard to tell as one hears so many different stories. I do believe in God and I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was a teenager. I personally think it will be beautiful, with street lined with gold. No sickness or sadness. All tears shall be wiped away. God will be on His throne and Jesus will be alongside Him.”

“Sounds good to me. Any other thoughts?”

For the next twenty minutes they had a lively discussion, most of the boys agreed with Tim’s thoughts. Some though had no concept of what he was talking about.

Jason, the class clown said all he knew about eternity was that it was a ring you buy your wife or girlfriend. Or perhaps it meant having to wait forever for your allowance! Much laughter followed these remarks.

“What are your thoughts Miss?” Tony asked.

“I believe in heaven, and that those who love God and have accepted Jesus into their hearts, will one day go there. Eternity is hard to explain as it does go on forever. Whatever else happens, eternity is a lifetime. You can buy eternity rings and being in a wrong relationship can also seem like an eternity when you try to end it.”

She was about to end the discussion when she noticed Dean’s hand was up.

“Yes Dean.”
“What would you like to share?”

“I hear what you are all saying about the afterlife, rings and all that.
Personally I think over the past three to four days we have had some very dramatic and graphic looks at what eternity is!”

The boys all turned and watched Dean’s expression as he began;
“The recent events which have gripped the world’s attention in Japan show us that for some people, eternity was lying under heaps of rubble waiting to be rescued. The man, who was pulled alive out of the rubble after ninety-six hours, must surely have some idea of what eternity means. To him those ninety-six hours were eternity.
The man y others rescued during the earthquake in New Zealand and the floods in Australia must understand some form of eternity.
We can all read the bible, listen to countless sermons, read books about the afterlife and imagine what eternity is like, but guys until we have actually been there and lived through it, we can only surmise what it is like.”

Quietly David stood up and said.

“Well spoken dude. That stuff you’re talking about is so real and the rest is all just something we dream of; yet one thing I do know for sure. Jesus must surely have wondered how much longer his earthly eternity would last. He knew it would end, but He didn’t know when.”

“Well spoken all of you.” Tasha smiled as she spoke.

“We all have our own ideas, but just remember one thing, whether we speak about an earthly eternity or the heavenly one, God the Father is still in control.”

“Class dismissed!”

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Brenda Rice 03/17/11
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on eternity. Keep writing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/17/11
I liked your description of eternity. It's a hard concept for some to wrap then minds around. I also liked that the teen came up with the. When writing for young adults, writers often have an adult be the one with the answer. Nice job.
diana kay03/20/11
this is a clever way to bring in different attitudes and opinions as to "what is eternity"
Mildred Sheldon03/23/11
I enjoyed this very much. I liked the class discussion about eternity and the various points. Thanks for sharing.