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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: So Embarrassed!
By Marilyn K. Smith


My face turned every shade of red. What the little boy had just asked me was so embarrassing I had to shut my eyes.

I was just seventeen and very much in love with the driver of the school bus I was riding. Jay and I had been talking together at school and dating on the weekends. I had stayed overnight with his female cousin who lived near him and was my best friend. They lived in a country community about thirteen miles away from my small hometown and often we would see each other when I visited my friend.
Even though my friend had driven her car into town that morning to go to school, I chose to wait for the school bus…mostly to be near Jay. He soon swung by to pick me up as he picked up other children in that community. Occasionally children who rode the bus every day would bring home a friend who would ride the bus the next morning to school with them.

After I had sat down on the first seat behind Jay, another little boy had climbed on the bus. I could tell that he was surprised to see me sitting there as I was not a regular student who rode the bus. He stopped abruptly, looked from me to Jay and asked me loudly with a puzzled look, “Did you spend the night with him?” When I recovered from the shock of the question and the other children’s laughter had dissipated, I answered a quick, “No!”

The small boy did not really understand the implications of the question he had asked. I, however, knew how it had probably sounded to some of the other children on the bus, not to mention to Jay. I could not even manage to look in his direction at that moment but when I did, he had already sat down in the driver’s seat and the bus was beginning to move. Now that he is my husband, looking back at the incident, I know that he probably had a grin on his face.

Innocence is so refreshing when we encounter it today. However, it is a fleeting commodity. Satan has so invaded our lives and the lives of our precious children that corruption seems to have crowded out that “fresh-from-the-garden-of Eden” innocence before the Fall. Can you imagine how free Brother Adam and Sister Eve felt there at that time? It would have had to been a feeling of complete security in God’s presence and guidance. There would have been no embarrassment or mistrust. Both occupants would have been as trusting of God even more than the smallest child in our world today. Oh, to have that innocence back!

Incredibly, by way of the cross, Jesus has taken what has corrupted us and put in on Him. When God looks at us, He sees the innocence of His precious and righteous Son as expressed in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Love through sacrifice took away our shame and the blame for our sin. Now the question is, can we believe that TRUTH enough to give it all over to Him?

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C D Swanson 05/31/12
Great questions. Meaningful and powerful thoughts and references. It also was well written. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/05/12
The opening line really grabbed my attention. I can see why it would be embarrassing.

Try working on more showing. Instead of telling us the little boy was surprised show me what his surprise looks like -- did his eyes grow bigger as he looked at you then glanced at bus driver?

You did a nice job of transitioning from your story to your message. Nice job.
Mildred Sheldon06/07/12
Love the innocence of a child. It is refreshing, but can be embarrassing because they have no guile. I loved this so much. Thank you for sharing and God bless.
Norma-Anne Hough06/07/12
Well written and told story. Also very funny:)
I wish the children today were as innocent as we were in our day. Yesterday we were only talking about what our children are being taught here (in South Africa) in the schools. Really quite horrifying some of the life skills material. So glad I didn't have that type of education.
C D Swanson 06/07/12
Congrats! God Bless~