Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)
From orphanage to foster home to street shelter, she grew up in a harsh world. Yet, Sophia remained steadfast. Refusing to earn money from stealing and prostitution, she worked her hands raw as the cleaner at a restaurant. From a young age she learned to take care of herself, growing up in soil, hard and unforgiving all around her.
One day while cleaning the chairs and tables at the restaurant she came across a worn Bible. The pages were torn and the cover had long since fallen away, yet the words remained. Teaching herself to read from the watermarked voice of God, Sophia grew into an avid scholar, feasting on truth. A bud planting her roots in earth that went far deeper than her young soul could realize.
Sophia’s hard work at the restaurant did not go unnoticed, and her dedication to serving was recognised when her manager asked her to work as a waitress instead. The pay was better, the hours more manageable, and it gave her more time to study her favourite book. At the young age of thirteen Sophia was serving tables, every now and again sharing her excitement about God. It wasn’t long before she had lead many customers to the Lord. The sun shone down on her and the rain watered her hungry spirit. Growing up towards the sun, she rose.
Within a few months, she was promoted to floor manager at the restaurant. When her boss mentioned that he wanted to sell the property, her heart started beating faster than the words she wanted to speak. She smiled all over, from the tips of her toes to the hair on her head. This is what she had been saving every single penny she earned for; this is what God had promised her, this is where her destiny lay. She signed the contract when she was just fifteen years old. Her petals started opening and her heart was set free.
Sophia started feeding the hungry who could not afford food. For those that could, she provided the tastiest meals in town. The restaurant became the most popular around, customers knowing that she offered the best atmosphere, the best food…and there was just something about that girl. With maturity way beyond her years, Sophia began a legacy in that small restaurant. Hundreds came to know God through her humility and generous heart. Her name may not be remembered, her career is not sought after, and the only book she has read in her life is the Bible. But Sophia is a pearl in the hands of God. His pride and joy, the lost seed that found its roots in the toughest of conditions. The young girl who grew and opened up to His love and shared it with the world. A baby tossed away, yet a woman rich in God. A strong and steadfast desert rose.
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