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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Ding-Dong (05/16/13)

TITLE: What Goes Around Comes Around
By Kim Norton


Just a few more minutes and she could make a break for it. Her head throbbed with every beat of her heart. Palms were sweaty and perspiration dripped down her brow with anticipation. The sun had set and it was just a matter of time before she could run. She crouched eagerly behind the rose bush, accidentally piercing her pinky on a thorn as she grabbed for the pail. A few drips of blood stained the side of her pants, but she barely noticed as she saw the first light go out at the house across the street.

The air seemed to be growing cooler by the minute and she scolded herself aloud for forgetting to grab her jacket on her way out. She was a bundle of nerves, hardly able to sit still waiting for the last two lights to go out. Her legs were beginning to cramp, but excitement continued to build as she looked down at her watch. "OK, they should be about finished letting the dogs out back for the night. Stay on schedule, people!" She whispered nervously under her breath.

The night was eerily quiet and calm, just as it was that night so many years ago. Her mind raced with memories of that unforgettable evening as she waited patiently in the dark. What a surprise it had been! She thought for sure the Lord Himself had marched right up her front porch steps. Never, ever could she have imagined that one day she would be on the other side of the door.

Click. Click. The last two lights finally went out. The house now sat in complete darkness. Grabbing a pail in each hand, she took off across the street, trying desperately not to be seen. She quietly crept up the steps, gently placing the containers just outside the glass door. She fumbled as she reached for the doorbell, but quickly regained her composure and dashed down the steps unscathed. She raced around the corner, sliding behind a broken down motorcycle, just as she saw the front porch light switch on. She slithered down closer to the ground making sure not to be seen, but perched just enough to see the events taking place before her.

The door squeaked as the young widow peeked her head out looking for the bell ringer. Just as she was about to go back in, she noticed the mysterious pails on her porch. She knelt down, seemingly confused, as she carefully peeked through its contents. She lifted a piece of paper from one of the containers and began weeping as she read. "Please accept this blessing The Lord has provided. There will be a day when your sorrow will ease and your heart will again be filled with joy. I have been in your shoes, friend. I know your fears of caring for yourself and young children alone. The Lord watches over you. Accept these gifts. Go and be blessed."

Her heart filled with joy and hope as she watched the young mother lift her hands to the Heavens and give thanks to The Lord. As she walked home in the quiet night she, too, gave glory to her Father. She remembered the night she was "Ding, Dong, Ditched", as her son affectionately refers to the gesture. She was at the lowest point of her life. She had lost her husband and didn't know where her family's next meal would come from. She had cried out to The Lord and like manna from Heaven, He provided. It was a night that truly changed her life. Now God had called her to pay forward the blessings on which He had bestowed her. She knew this was only the beginning.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. NIV

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Karen Pourbabaee 05/24/13
Well crafted story from your tense intro to your tender conclusion! I really loved this application of the topic...and the message:we are blessed to be a blessing!
C D Swanson 05/25/13
Amen and Amen! Excellent entry. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/30/13
Congratulations for ranking 8 in your level!