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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Soul (07/13/06)

TITLE: The Important Guest
By Jean Bundas


“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)

Rachel read the announcement on the front page of the local paper over again, “New Mayor Seeks Wife – Call Today to Set-Up Your One Hour Interview”. She could hardly believe her eyes. The Mayor had to be the most eligible bachelor in town. He was very handsome, compassionate, and of course very wealthy. She wondered what lengths the women in town would go to in order to make a lasting impression in only one hour.

“What is that incessant buzzing noise?” Rachel wondered as she rolled over in her bed early the next morning. She slowly opened her eyelids and glanced at the clock on the table beside her bed. “6:00 a.m. ugh!”

The day was finally here, the Mayor would arrive any minute now. Rachel checked the mirror one last time to make sure everything was in order. She had one hour to spend talking with the Mayor and make a lasting impression, she did not want to mess anything up.

The Mayor arrived promptly at 11:00 and Rachel escorted him into the den. “Please make your self comfortable,” Rachel told him, “May I get you something to drink?” “No thank you,” the Mayor responded kindly, “I would just like to sit and spend time getting to know you.” “That sounds wonderful,” said Rachel, “just let me grab a glass of water.” Rachel exited the den and walked quickly to the kitchen. She was so nervous. She grabbed a glass and filled it at the sink. The telephone rang, so she picked it up. It was her mom. Rachel had called her earlier to give her some important news. “I’ll be right with you,” She called out to the Mayor. “This will only take a second.”

Unfortunately the phone call seemed to take longer than she expected. Ten minutes later Rachel headed back into the den. She sat and smiled at the Mayor, “So, tell me about your self Mr. Mayor.” The Mayor began to share, suddenly thoughts seemed to bombard Rachel’s mind, things she would say when it was her turn or things she needed to take care of later. Rachel grabbed a pad of paper and began to make a list. The Mayor paused and watched her. Rachel suddenly realized he had stopped speaking and flushed in embarrassment. “Am I boring you?” the Mayor asked. “No, no…I just…” Rachel stammered. The doorbell rang, seeming to save her from having to finish the statement. Rachel excused herself again and went to answer it.

The paper boy stood at the doorway. “Collect” he called out as Rachel approached the door. Rachel grabbed her purse and dug around until she found the enough to pay the young man. Her cat, Chester, rubbed up against the back of her leg. She picked him up and walked to the back door to let him out for his afternoon frolic. She sighed. Rachel heard a cough from the den. The Mayor! She had completely forgotten about him.

Rachel quickly entered the den, apologizing as she did. “Well, it is time for me to move on.” The Mayor explained. “I have another appointment I need to get to. I enjoyed the time I had with you. I guess I caught you at a bad time, maybe we can get together again sometime.”

The buzzing was back again! Her alarm clock! Rachel sat up in her bed, rubbing the sleep from her eyes. She grabbed the clock and hit the “off” button. 7:00 a.m., she must have fallen back asleep. What a dream! How funny, she would never treat such an honored guest as the Mayor in such a fashion.

Suddenly it registered in Rachel’s mind. This dream had not been at all about the Mayor. God was speaking to her. She claimed to love Jesus with all her being and yet when she had the opportunity to spend time with Him each day, she allowed herself to get so busy. She had been taking her important guest for granted!

Rachel kneeled next to the bed and began to pour her heart out to the Lord. “I thank you Lord Jesus for your love and your patience with me. Help me not to take you for granted any longer. I do love you Lord – with my whole heart, my mind, and my soul.”

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Jan Ackerson 07/20/06
Well, I'm really laughing at myself, because the whole time I was reading this, I was thinking, "No one would act this way!" And then you whammied me with your ending--well done.
Virginia Gorg07/21/06
Great ending to this. I was thinking how rude this person was, but then, how often am I rude to Christ. Yikes! hits home. Nicely done.
Mishael Witty07/22/06
Nice. Good message that we all need to be reminded of from time to time. I love how you made the "dream" seem so real, since they often do seem that way in real life.
Lynda Schultz 07/26/06
Well done - so well in fact, that I am leaving now to spend a little more time with an important Guest. Good job.
Venice Kichura07/26/06
Good job & writing skills
Amy Michelle Wiley 07/27/06
Great story! I personally thought the last two paragraphs were unnecessary, but otherwise great job and great point!