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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)

TITLE: What If?
By Kathy Stevens


“Ring . . . “


“Jenny – Jenny, guess what? I just had the most wonderful day today.”

“I’m so happy for you -- tell me about it.”

“It began early this morning when I was in a hurry to get to work – I was running a little late. I ran to my car, just stopping long enough to check that I had on matching shoes. You know sometimes, if I’m late, I just grab what’s handy.

“I got to the car, turned the key, and nothing . . . “


“That’s right, nothing happened. The battery was dead. I sat there with my head on the steering wheel feeling pretty sorry for myself and thinking of all the repercussions of being late to work, when Mr. Bailey, my next door neighbor, stepped out of his front door.

“He was whistling. He looked in my direction and saw how sad I looked. He came over and asked about my problem. I told him about the dead car and how I just had to get to work. I just couldn’t be late – not today.”

“Wait a minute, how is this a wonderful day, so far?”

“I’m getting to it.”

“He told me that he would take me to work and put a jumper cable on my car when he got back home. I got to work on time and was not late for my presentation. Whew! Thank You, Lord.

“My secretary, Julie, and I were going to lunch and got stuck in the elevator for about an hour. She is pregnant and was becoming increasingly stressed.

“I’m still waiting to hear about your wonderful day.”

“Be patient, it’s coming.”

“I was praying, in this predicament, and the doors began to open. The fire department was able to open the doors enough to rescue us. We had to hop up about a foot to reach the floor midst the applause of fellow workers. They were worried about us.

“My secretary got out just fine, but when I climbed out, I tried to regain my footing on the floor, but my foot slipped. I fell and broke my glasses.”

“Hmmm . . . “

“Yes, I know, it’s coming.”

“Guess who was in the crowd watching the elevator drama -- my optometrist. He helped me to my feet and took me to his office (I’m glad he is in the same building). We did not take an elevator. The lenses were not damaged, but my face was. He gave me band-aids for my bruises and was able to repair my glasses frame.”

“Oh, my goodness -- is this your wonderful day?”

“I know, I know. Let me tell you the rest.”

“Since Julie and I spent our lunch hour in the elevator, we called a local deli for “take out.” We asked for an “express order” with an extra tip if they delivered it ASAP. Our next client was due and with our ordeal, we were really hungry. I couldn’t even think properly. Oh, yes, I left a message for the delivery boy to not take the elevator.

"He came really fast, but we heard a commotion going on outside with barking and the wail of a young man. I looked out the window and saw our “take out” being attacked by a big dog. He had the delivery boy by the leg of his pants and was about to take him down when one of the men from our office, Mr. Tyree, was returning from an appointment. The boy kept motioning for him to take the bundle the dog was after. Rescuing the lunch he ran inside with it. With the lunch gone, the dog released the young man. I felt so sorry for him. I gave him an extra big tip.”

“Okay, I still want to know about your wonderful day!”

“Here it is. Don’t you see that there was a big outbreak of blessings? First, Mr. Bailey came to my rescue for the dead battery. Julie and I were rescued from the stuck elevator. My optometrist helped me up and fixed my glasses frames so I could continue working. The delivery boy was rescued and Julie and I finally got some lunch.

“Blessings were breaking out everywhere – it was a huge outbreak of favor. When we help others, we too become part of that blessing. Just think. What if we looked for opportunities to become part of an outbreak of blessings every day -- what if?

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Helen Curtis04/14/11
This is a lovely story that held my attention the whole way through. I, too, kept wondering when her "wonderful day" would emerge!
diana kay04/14/11
what if indeed :-)every setback an opportunity for someone to bring blessing. An outbreak of a good kind well done.
Mildred Sheldon04/15/11
I loved your story. I've had a few of those what if days and when everything is said and done they turned out to be one BIG blessing.
Jeanette Oestermyer04/18/11
Great article, and I like the way you counted your blessings after all of the problems you were confronted with. Also, the people that blessed you will almost certainly feel blessed too.

Keep writing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/18/11
I absolutely loved this fast-paced story positive. What a wonderful and unique twist on the topic.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/26/11
Congratulations for placing 8th in level two!